Thursday, February 14, 2013
Georgia leads for Watch List RB
By Radi Nabulsi
On Feb. 6 when Alvin Kamara announced on ESPNU that he was going to play for Alabama, his decision marked the end of a six-year streak in which Georgia had signed a top-10 running back.
The battle for Kamara went on for almost a year and the Bulldogs finished a close second, but that means nothing in football recruiting. While the Georgia fanbase was disappointed, the Bulldogs did pick up commitments from A.J. Turman and Brendan Douglas and are in good shape with a couple top 2014 running backs. In fact, Georgia leads for one of the top tailbacks in the Peach State.
“Georgia is in the lead,” Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) said. “I really like them. I have been down there more and I am real comfortable with the coaching staff. They remind me of the staff here at home -- and they are both Bulldogs. They have a couple great backs right now, but those guys will be juniors my freshman year if I went there. And they will probably go to the league so I could probably learn a lot from them my freshman year.”
The ESPN Watch List running back said that the Bulldogs are on top due mainly to familiarity.
Four-star RB Nick Chubb was the Peach State's leading rusher in 2012.
“Georgia is leading because I haven’t really been around yet,” Chubb said. “I haven’t made it to Ohio State and Tennessee which were my first offers. I like Alabama a lot and I need to go there some more. I am going to Georgia Tech on Tuesday and I need to get down to Florida. I am still trying to make it around to all my other schools and my other options. I am going to Tennessee Saturday.”
The Volunteers are hosting a junior day on Saturday.
“They were my first offer, and that meant a lot,” Chubb said. “They hold it over my head sometimes. The have a good depth chart and they are probably on me the hardest of any school right now. They always message me on Facebook and Twitter. I haven’t had a chance to go up there yet but hopefully I will see something I like.”
The early offer from Ohio State will earn the Buckeyes a visit as well.
“They have a good school and were my third offer,” Chubb said. “I have been trying to get up there but it seems that something always comes up. Their program is good too. They would have been in the BCS championship game if they had not gotten in trouble. That means a lot. There is a lot of excitement around them from all the other players. It is because of how they stay on us and build relationships with us. They crack jokes. Mark Pantoni; I know him and everybody talks about how funny he is.”
Nick Saban at Alabama might not be known for his sense of humor but Chubb likes the Crimson Tide also.
“The Alabama offer was big,” Chubb said. “It meant a lot. They are the No. 1 team in the nation so it felt real special. But they do have a lot of running backs.”
The Florida Gators will likely get a visit from Chubb as well.
“I haven’t been down there at all,” Chubb said. “The offer came a couple weeks ago but after that I haven’t really heard from them at all. But I messaged them last week about going down there and seeing the campus and meeting the coaches.”
With 12 offers so far and 12 months until signing day, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound junior has no timetable on making a decision.
“I want to visit some schools first and if I see one I like the best then I will make a decision,” Chubb said. “So I guess that will come after all of these junior days. I want to see some practices at the SEC schools to see what they do. I also want to see Ohio State and Georgia Tech practices.”