Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Prolific 2014 RB Nick Chubb gets first offer
By Kipp Adams
Last year, ESPN 150 running back Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) led the state in rushing as a junior with 2,375 yards and 33 touchdowns. While the Alabama commitment already has 1,120 yards in five games this season, another junior has outpaced him so far. Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) leads the state in rushing with 1,416 yards in only five games, and the 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back has already scored 21 touchdowns as well.
Wednesday was a big day for Chubb, as he got some big news. A few weeks ago, Tennessee safeties coach Josh Conklin was on the sideline to watch Chubb against Ridgeland, and apparently he liked what he saw in the junior tailback.
“I got an offer from Tennessee today while I was in school,” Chubb said. “Jay Graham, the running backs coach, gave the offer. I have been working hard and waiting for this, so it feels good.”
The offer came as a surprise to Chubb, as there had been limited contact from the Volunteers before Wednesday.
“I had not really heard from them until today, but I am very interested in them and I am going to go check out a game soon,” Chubb said.
Programs such as Ohio State and Georgia Tech are looking at Chubb as well, but the junior says Alabama and Georgia have shown the most interest to date. He was recently in Tuscaloosa to see the Crimson Tide take on Florida Atlantic.
“It was really nice there,” Chubb said. “I like how they take things very seriously and the coaches are really good. The staff said they were really impressed with my film and they plan to recruit me. An offer from them would mean a lot. They are the No. 1 team in the country, so I really like that.”
Chubb has visited Georgia for two games this fall, when they took on Florida Atlantic three weeks ago and last week’s game against Tennessee. The Bulldogs’ running backs coach was also in attendance when Chubb played against Ridgeland last month.
“I spoke to Coach (Bryan) McClendon when I visited and he said he was impressed with me and to keep working hard,” Chubb said.
Getting a scholarship from the in-state school is something that Chubb does not take lightly.
It is Georgia, so an offer from them would mean a lot,” Chubb said. “It is the home state, so if you are from Georgia, then you want to go to Georgia. I like the coaches there a lot, how they treat their players, the atmosphere and really overall it is a nice place to go.”
In his two trips to Athens, Chubb was able to witness true freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combine for 54 carries for 509 yards and seven touchdowns. He was impressed.
“I like how they produce elite running backs,” Chubb said. “I like Todd Gurley a lot. There will always be other running backs on the team, so I would not mind going there, getting better and competing for playing time.”
Chubb has a chance to break the state single-season rushing record of 3,172 yards, held by former Washington-Wilkes standout Daccus Turman. He credits his offseason work and how the offensive linemen block in their scheme for his success.
“My offensive linemen have been amazing, and I just try to make the cuts, stay under my pads, try to hit the hole as hard as I can to try and keep my feet going to try and pick up extra yards and hopefully touchdowns,” Chubb said.
Chubb got more good news Wednesday afternwoon when he was invited to the Rising Seniors Junior All-Star Bowl, now entering its third year. The weeklong program, designed to educate prospective student athletes about the recruiting process and how to become positive members of the community, culminates in a game pitting the top players in East Georgia versus the best from the West.
“I am really excited to be playing in the Rising Seniors game,” Chubb said. “I just got home but I am going to check the roster out to see who else has played in it.”