January 21, 2013

Chubb likes what he sees

Off the field, Cedartown running back Nick Chubb doesn't make a lot of noise.

Those close to the North Georgia standout say he is a quiet, reserved, and friendly when approached by others.

On the field, it is a different story.

Chubb finished his junior season just shy of 2,800 yards rushing and 38 touchdowns, and did his damage in almost every way imaginable on the ground.

After a stellar week of practice at Rising Seniors week in Atlanta at the end of 2012, Chubb started to reel in the offers is now quickly approaching double-digits.

While Chubb will concede that the recruiting process has already show him how stressful it can be, he wouldn't have it any other way.

"It is an honor first of all. I'm blessed," said Chubb. "I worked hard for this and my coaches pushed. Things are nice recruiting wise. I'm getting a chance to see a lot of schools and see what is out there. It is stressful sometimes, but, then again, I kind of like having this chance."

The star junior has over a year until he will be able to sign a letter of intent, and is taking his recruitment slow at the moment as he doesn't yet have a that has emerged as a favorite.

"No one is standing out. Pretty much everybody is even," he said. "I like Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Georgia, and Tennessee, though. As of right now, I would say that Georgia and Ohio State are recruiting me the hardest."

During Rising Seniors week, Chubb received a phone call from Georgia, and running backs coach Bryan McClendon was on the line assuring the four-star play maker that he would have a UGA offer in the near future.

On Saturday, Chubb took an unofficial visit to Georgia and got the news that the Bulldogs promised him would come just a few weeks earlier.

"It [the visit to UGA] went really good. I really like Georgia and I like what they are doing there. The visit just went really good," said Chubb. "Coach (Mark) Richt offered me face-to-face, and I really liked that. It wasn't over the phone like most schools do it."

Once Richt was able to spend time with the junior running back, he made sure that Chubb is aware that he is a wanted man in Athens.

"He said that he wants to get me to Georgia and he also mentioned early enrollment and told me about the requirements for that. I haven't looked into it yet, though," he said.

That night, the Rivals250 running back watched the Georgia men's basketball team take on LSU, and spent the entire game with a man that hopes to be his position coach at the next level.

While McClendon is often seen as an young, energetic recruiter, Chubb saw a different side of the UGA alum.

"He's a great guy. He's a father-figure and a family guy," said Chubb. "His son was with him there so you could see how he is in that situation and that was cool. I could see being treated the same way."

One aspect of Georgia's program that really stands out to Chubb is the programs recent success with freshmen running backs.

Isaiah Crowell finished his freshman season by being named as the SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press in 2011, and the freshman duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall finished 2012 with a combined 2,144 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns.

Chubb believes that success speaks volumes about UGA's philosophy when it comes to playing young players.

It says a lot," said Chubb. "That's a big plus. It shows that they play the best."

When it comes to knowing what Chubb is looking for in the school of his choice, the answer is simple.

He wants what almost every recruit in the country wants - opportunity.

"I want to be somewhere that I can get in there and make plays," he said. "I want to be at a place where they run the ball. I want to be in an up position so I can see the field, and be able to help my team and make plays."

The Peach State playmaker plans to be at Alabama next weekend (January 25), and has a visit to Ohio State planned for February 10.

When it comes to making a decision, however, there are no plans in place just yet.

"I don't know yet. I'm going to try and visit all the schools first, and try to make a decision sooner rather than later," he said.

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