A day after it lost a heavily recruited running back from 2009, Oklahoma State gained one for its 2011 class.
Herschel Sims, a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder from Abilene, Texas, committed to the Cowboys on Thursday, turning down offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and USC, among others. Sims is on the 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List.
On Wednesday, running back Dexter Pratt left the program after just one season.
Sims seems to fit the scatback mold that is better suited to new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's system.
Sims has been clocked at 4.43 in the 40 and rushed for 8.9 yards per carry last season. Scout.com ranks the running back as the No. 16 player in the country. He gives the Cowboys their ninth commitment for the 2011 class, and their second among ESPNU 150 Watch List members.
Quarterback J.W. Walsh, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback that should rank among the top QBs in Texas, committed to Oklahoma State in February. Walsh is a Denton, Texas, native and lists a 4.4 40 time on Rivals.com.