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Nick Chubb: UGA lands state's No. 1-ranked RB



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UGA is on a hot streak with recruiting, landing the state’s No. 1 prospect at running back on Tuesday evening.

 And the Bulldogs still may not over for the week.

Nick Chubb, a 4-star running back from Cedartown High School, committed to UGA over South Carolina and Auburn.

“That’s where I feel most comfortable,” Chubb told the AJC. “I’ve been to Georgia more than anywhere. I really like it there.”

The 5-foot-11, 216-pounder is the UGA’s third commitment since Saturday. The Bulldogs now have eight commitments for 2014, and may add another one on Thursday when Brooks County High School athlete Malkom Parrish picks between UGA and Georgia Tech.

How good is Chubb? “Nick Chubb is a finisher; this kid will run slap over you, or he’s got enough speed to go around you,” 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell said. “I like his physicality.”

“Comparing him to other people, he kind of reminds me of Mark Ingram. I don’t want to compare a high school kid to a Heisman Trophy winner but he’s that type of running back. He’s a finisher with good enough speed to get to the hole.”

Chubb put up Nintendo-like numbers as a junior at Cedartown, rushing for 2,375 yards and 33 touchdowns in 10 games. However, the college scouts weren’t sold on Chubb until he dominated practices for the RisingSeniors.com all-star game last December.

“The thing that impresses me about Nick is how fast he gets into the hole,” Mansell said. “I will never forget at RisingSeniors, (Sandy Creek coach) Chip Walker put him deep in the I-formation, got him the ball, and got him downhill.

“At the next level, there’s only a split second that the hole is open, and he’s got the quickness to get there. He’s strong and he has good field vision. 

“This kid is going to be a 400-pound bench presser. He is a strong, strong running back. If you’re going to play in the SEC, you’ve got to have guys who can move the chains, and Nick Chubb is definitely one of those types.”

Probably the biggest thing working against UGA with Chubb was that the Bulldogs already had a commitment from an elite tailback – 5-star Sony Michel of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. However, Chubb said that never affected his decision process because “there’s competition everywhere.”

Chubb's commitment was big news for UGA, according to ESPN's Kipp Adams: "Chubb gives Georgia the most productive running back in Georgia and fills its need at the position for the 2014 class. At 5-foot-11, 216 pounds, he is a player that is physically ready for college right now, which should allow him to be a workhorse between the tackles at the next level. His decisive, one cut and plant running style, along with deceptive explosive ability, should also translate well to the SEC. His addition gives the Bulldogs the top running back prospect from Florida and Georgia this year, an impressive accomplishment with almost eight months to go until signing day."

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