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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Three SEC teams at top for Watch List RB

By Kipp Adams

ATLANTA -- Coming off a season in which he rushed for a regular-season record 2,721 yards and scored 38 touchdowns, ESPN Watch List running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) is used to putting up big numbers.

So, at Saturday's Nike SPARQ Combine, the 5-foot-11, 216-pound tailback did his thing, reeling off a 4.10 shuttle, 34-inch power ball toss and 37-inch vertical jump, which was good for a 107.16 SPARQ rating.

More than 15 schools have offered Chubb, with Nebraska, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt being his most recent offers. Three programs stand out at the moment.

“I like Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee right now,” Chubb said.

Chubb really enjoyed his visit to Knoxville, Tenn., a month ago, but admits the Volunteers have taken a temporary step back in regard to his relationship with the coaching staff.

“Tennessee was my first offer and when I visited I really liked what they were saying about how they would use me,” Chubb said. “But their running backs coach Jay Graham left and I wanted to come play for him, so that kind of affects things for them until I get to know the new coach.”

On the other hand, the Tigers are moving up, as Chubb is starting to gel with Auburn's running backs coach.

“Auburn has a whole new coaching staff and I like Tim Horton and what he is doing,” Chubb said.

The Bulldogs were the lone leader at one point, and while things have gotten crowded at the top recently, Georgia is not out of it by any means.

“Georgia is my home state, I am a Bulldog right now at Cedartown and I like Coach [Bryan] McClendon and Mark Richt,” Chubb said. “I spoke to Coach McClendon last night and he wants me to come over and watch practice.”

One thing Chubb is not afraid of is a crowd at running back in a school’s class. That could bode well for the Bulldogs, as they are strong contenders to add another member of the ESPN Watch List, tailback Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), who expects to make his decision soon.

“Auburn wants one, Tennessee wants two and Georgia wants two running backs,” Chubb said. “If a school gets another running back it is not going to affect how I feel because if I go in and work hard I feel like I will see the field somehow.”

Chubb said he plans to visit Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Florida and make his decision sometime during his senior season.