In years past, how often have two big-time backs split time in the same backfield? Eddie George didn't, Maurice Clarett wouldn't have if he was healthy. Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams, and just about every other great college running back of the past decade or so that comes to mind had the backfield to himself. Now, in two straight drafts, we'll have two running backs from the same school drafted in the first round (would have been "in the top 10" before White embarked on his draft sabotage quest).
Think about what this says to a high school recruit. In the past, a Chris Wells might have looked at Pittman's sophmore season and said "I'm at least going to split time for my first couple years there. I'm going elsewhere, where I can start immediately." Now a running back recruit can see an underclassman have a big season at his school of choice and still say "even if I split time, it doesn't have to hurt my draft stock." A prospect can choose on the basis of scheme, coach, and school, without having to worry much about the depth chart.
The end result? I wouldn't be surprised if we see more LenDale Whites and