The University of Georgia got some big news Tuesday, as four-star running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) committed to the Bulldogs over Auburn and South Carolina. After missing out on top in-state tailback targets Alvin Kamara and Tyren Jones in the 2013 recruiting cycle, Mark Richt and his staff have successfully reeled in their top two targets at the position in the 2014 class. This fills a huge need for the Bulldogs with almost eight months until signing day.
With Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall both set to be draft-eligible juniors in 2014, Georgia will need to start preparing other running backs to possibly take over in 2015. Former ESPN 300 prospect A.J. Turman is a promising addition, as is Brendan Douglas, but both are incoming freshmen and are unproven at this point. Regardless of their contributions, Georgia knew it needed to find some more backfield talent for this class.
Georgia got ESPN 150 prospect Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) in April, and that got the ball rolling. In Chubb, Georgia is adding the most productive running back (2,721 yards and 38 touchdowns) in Georgia as well.
At 5-foot-11, 216 pounds, he 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 should translate well to the SEC.
The addition of Chubb gives the Bulldogs the top running back prospect from Florida and Georgia this year, an impressive accomplishment for any program and a badge of honor for running backs coach Bryan McClendon.
After two commitments on Saturday, Chubb gives Georgia eight total commitments for the 2014 class and continues to build recruiting momentum for the Bulldogs this summer. That could continue on Thursday, when ESPN 150 athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) is set to decide between Georgia and Georgia Tech.