Friday, April 26, 2013
No lead changes yet for RB Chubb
By Kipp Adams
The University of Georgia is close to filling one of its biggest needs in the 2014 class. After grabbing ESPN 150 running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), the Bulldogs could accomplish a big goal next month when in-state target Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) is expected to make his decision following the completion of his school’s spring practice in late May.
And for Chubb, Michel’s decision could be a good thing.
A recent surge from South Carolina has the Gamecocks in contention with Georgia for RB Nick Chubb.
“I want to go into college with someone else at running back so I can have competition,” Chubb said at the Atlanta NFTC. “Hopefully whichever school I pick will bring in another really good running back so I can get better.”
For several weeks the Bulldogs have maintained a clear lead for the 5-foot-11, 216-pound tailback, who rushed for 2,721 yards and 38 touchdowns in 10 games his junior season. However, a recent visit to a SEC East rival has made things a little more interesting for Chubb.
“Things have not really changed for me, although I had a clear idea of where I wanted to go, and South Carolina kind of shook things up a little,” Chubb said. “I like South Carolina a lot, and they are kind of up there with Georgia ... in a way. They are pushing Georgia for my leader right now.”
The Gamecocks made a move for Chubb because his time in Columbia, S.C., proved to be an eye-opener of sorts for the highly productive tailback.
“Early on, Georgia was the only school I visited that stood out to me and made me feel comfortable,” Chubb said. “I had never got that feeling anywhere else until I went to South Carolina. Coach (G.A.) Mangus is really straightforward, and he just asks me to let him know whether or not I am going to come there, and I like that about him. The visit to South Carolina made me realize that I really need to see what is out there.”
Schools including FSU, Clemson, Georgia and Vanderbilt have stopped by to check on Chubb so far, with other programs also hoping to get him on campus before he makes his decision.
“I know I am going to visit the three schools I still have in mind one more time, and that is Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn,” Chubb said. “I might mix in Florida State and Vanderbilt, because they have been recruiting me really hard.”
The pitch from the Seminoles and Commodores is that Chubb can make an instant impact in their programs.
“Coach (Jay) Graham went down to Florida State from Tennessee, and he has been on me from the start,” Chubb said. “He said they do not have a lot of running backs and that I could play as a freshman. Coach (Charles) Bankins is saying they really do not have a history at Vanderbilt. He says if I went to Georgia, I would be compared to Herschel Walker, and if I went to Auburn, I would be compared to Bo Jackson, so I could go to Vanderbilt and make history. That interests me a little bit.”
As for Auburn, Chubb is betting on the Tiger’s potential.
“I am really close to Coach (Tim) Horton, and we talk every week. I really think they have changed things around there with the new coaching staff, and what stands out to me is that they say they will have one of the best offensive lines over the next few years.”
Chubb had another suitor come calling recently as Miami jumped into the mix. Likely realizing they had lost Michel, the Hurricanes tried to turn the tables on the Bulldogs this week, telling Chubb’s coach he had an offer to play for Miami. With little knowledge to work with, Chubb is unsure how the newest scholarship will affect his recruitment.
“I do not know as of right now if I will be able to visit Miami before I make my decision, because I haven't even spoke with a coach,” Chubb said. “Whenever I talk to one I will try to figure something.”
However, the Bulldogs aren't letting up. Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon spent an entire day at Cedartown (Ga.) High School this week, and although he is only allowed to say hello, his message to Chubb was read loud and clear.
“I could tell Coach McClendon really wants me at Georgia,” Chubb said. “Their coaches do not care where I visit as long as I come to Georgia. After each visit to another school they tell me they hope my trip went well but to remember I am always going to be a Dawg.”