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Chubb Ready to Join Georgia’s Backfield

By Matt Osborne
SouthernPigskin.com
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Georgia's backfield will become even more dynamic next fall, as the Bulldogs will welcome in elite 2014 prospect Nick Chubb.

Though we often hear horror stories about the overwhelming nature of college recruiting, some prospects are able to minimize the stress by finding their perfect match early on in the process.

That was exactly the case for 2014 four-star running back recruit Nick Chubb, who verbally committed to Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs back in June before the recruiting process became too much to handle.

The choice to get his college decision out of the way early was not a conscious effort, but rather a direct result of the personal connection he felt with the school and the coaching staff in Athens.

“I mean, Georgia’s just a nice school, great campus and great atmosphere,” Chubb commented on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. “Every time they spoke to me, I believed every word they said. I believe we’re going to win the national championship between the years that I’m there. I believe them and I believe in them.”

Of course, it isn’t difficult to see why Georgia’s coaching staff would believe in Chubb.

Ranked as one of the top running back prospects in the class, Chubb describes himself as a combination “power/speed back with good vision and balance”. While he lacks elite lateral agility in the open field, Chubb uses his five-foot-ten, 211-pound frame to bowl his way through defenders. He also has surprising breakaway speed down the field, and is more than capable of beating defenders to the edge.

Chubb is still six months away from enrolling in classes at Athens, but he is already looking forward to playing his collegiate football for Georgia’s veteran coach.

In particular, he has been extremely impressed with the type of man that Mark Richt is away from the football field.

“He’s a good Christian man,” Chubb continued. “I know Coach McClendon has told me that all the paperwork and things like that they’ve got to do, he brings it in and prays over it. He’s a good Christian man that believes strongly in the University of Georgia, and I believe in him. He’s a good coach.”

Early playing time will naturally be tough to come by for Chubb with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall returning to the Bulldogs backfield. He is also not the only elite running back in Georgia’s 2014 class, as five-star prospect Sony Michel verbally committed to the Bulldogs in April.

Rather than focusing on a potential logjam in the backfield, however, Chubb is excited about the prospects for his future college program.

“We have plenty of backs,” the Cedartown, Georgia, resident stated. “I know last year they struggled in the backfield with injuries. I remember last year they played three backs in one game, so that opens up opportunity for a lot of us backs. Competition will make it all better, and we will have a very talented backfield next year.”

As the dream of playing college football slowly creeps towards becoming a reality, Chubb is now focused on becoming the best possible player he can be before heading to campus for summer camp.

It is also helping his focus that he no longer has to worry about the stress and pressures of the recruiting process.

“Everyone else has backed down now [when it comes to recruiting]. It’s done. I’m going to the University of Georgia, and I’m excited to be starting there in June.”

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.