As has been widely expected for a couple of months now, Cedartown tailback Nick Chubb has verbally committed to play his college football in Athens. Chubb recently took visits to Auburn and South Carolina which some believed might muddy the waters a bit. In the end, those visits appear to have just confirmed that Georgia was the school for him.
We scouted Chubb following his junior season here at Dawg Sports back in February. Since that time he's done a great job of addressing some of the questions that surrounded him then. Chubb doesn't seem to have the world-class speed of a Keith Marshall, but he's shifty in the hole and generally faster than whoever is chasing him. He runs with his eyes up, usually finding daylight. Especially on the collegiate level, where the holes are smaller and the linebackers faster, that's a great skill to have.
Chubb provides a big back to complement fellow 2014 tailback commit Sony Michel, who's more of a slashing, elusive type runner. There comes a time in every football game in which you just need to line up and run over people. The 220 pound Chubb is going to be asked to do that in the future. For now, the Bulldogs are getting a consensus top 10 player in the state, and another of the top 10-15 running back recruits in the nation. With Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall draft eligible after the 2014 season, that's a pretty good insurance policy.
With Chubb's commitment the 'Dawgs are likely done at tailback for what appears ticketed to be a relatively small class. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see the coaches pursue an "athlete" type who could play tailback in addition to working at receiver or on defense. For now, welcome to Bulldog Nation, Nick. And . . .