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The Next “Gurshall”?

By Matt Osborne
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Georgia already feels extremely confident about its future at quarterback with Brice Ramsey, and now the Bulldogs can rest easy knowing that they will almost assuredly have the best collection of running backs in the country for the 2014 season.

It appears that the Georgia Bulldogs are fully aware of what it takes to win a national championship playing in the SEC.

From an offensive standpoint, a strong running game, as Alabama has emphatically proven in recent years, is what drives programs to reach championship levels.

With that in mind, the Bulldogs just took another significant step forward in their quest to bring home the program’s first national title in over three decades when four-star running back prospect Nick Chubb gave his verbal commitment to Mark Richt and his staff on Tuesday night.

Chubb, who is the consensus No. 1 running back in the state of Georgia for the class of 2014, chose the Bulldogs over fellow finalists Auburn and South Carolina.

Ranked as the No. 12 running back prospect in his class, Chubb rushed for 2,717 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior at Cedartown High School. Though not quite as big as current Georgia phenom Todd Gurley was coming out of school, the scouting reports between the two are remarkably similar. Chubb is now overwhelmingly fast, but he possesses exceptional balance and rarely is brought down by the first defender. He won’t necessarily blow you away with any one facet of his game, but his production speaks for itself.

When paired alongside the recent commitment of five-star running back Sony Michel, the Bulldogs now have their version of “Gurshall” for the class of 2014.

For the final 2012 rankings, Keith Marshall was ranked as the No. 1 running back in the nation by Scout.com, while Gurley checked in at No. 13. As things currently sit for the class of 2014, Michel is ranked No. 2 nationally, while Chubb is listed as No. 12.

Georgia already feels extremely confident about its future at quarterback with Brice Ramsey, and now the Bulldogs can rest easy knowing that they will almost assuredly have the best collection of running backs in the country for the 2014 season.

As recent history has indicated, that very well could signify a championship ending in Athens.

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.