May 2, 2013

Chubb getting close

JEFFERSON - Cedartown running back Nick Chubb doesn't want anyone to be confused.

He is a GHSA state finalist in AAAA for the long jump, but track and field isn't exactly his thing.

Chubb is a football player first.

"It is all about football right now," Chubb said after competing in the long jump in Jefferson on Thursday. "Track is something to help the time go back. With football, I look forward to getting in drill work. I'm have to play a big leadership role this year since all our seniors left. I have to be a leader this year."

A number of college coaches agreed as Georgia assistants Mike Bobo and Bryan McClendon were present along with Florida State running backs coach Jay Graham and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Those coaches couldn't have a conversation with Chubb at the meet, but the Rivals100 running back acknowledges that the whole recruiting process has its positives and negatives.

"It's a little of both. It is stressful and I'm happy about it; a little of both worlds," he said. "I mean, I'm enjoying it, but it is stressful at times. I'm trying to get out around the country and see the schools that I like. All the phone calls I receive, thats not a big deal. I'm blessed and honored for it to happen to me, but then again, sometimes I don't feel like talking."

The four-star prospect told UGASports recently that he would decide before the end by the end of June, and with the stressful nature of his recruitment starting to take its toll, Chubb has set a date for when he plans to end it.

I'm going to decide on May 28," Chubb said. "I'm going to visit the last three schools I am looking at and get all my questions answered and things like that. Then hopefully I'll have a decision made. Those three schools are Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn."

Each of those schools has cemented a place in the Peach State playmakers top three for different reasons.

...Auburn - "With Auburn, they came along not too long ago. Coach (Tim) Horton, he came and we have a good relationship going. I talk to him every week. I feel like sooner or later they are going to have a very good team with all the linemen they have pulled in the last couple of years."

...South Carolina - "I've been a fan of (South Carolina) forever and they finally showed some interest. Then I got down there and I heard everything I liked."

...Georgia - "I mean, I've always liked Georgia. I was a fan of them growing up, too. Coach (Bryan) McClendon is just a real cool guy. He knows what he is talking about. I like them, too."

Chubb, who rushed for 2,694 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2012, has named Georgia as his leader on a few occasions, but the Bulldogs recently landed a commitment from the nations second rated running back according to in Sony Michel (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla.)

With a decision date set, the big question for Georgia fans is whether or not Michel's pledge hurt UGA in the eyes of Chubb.

The North Georgia standout says no.

"It's not a problem," Chubb said. "It will make me better in the long run. Competing with the number two running back in the country, hopefully I'll get better. I've heard about him and I've seen his highlight tape. We kind of run alike but I'm more of a power runner."

As for a leader, Chubb says that going into visits to his final three schools that he doesn't have one, but one team does stand out.

"I don't really have a leader," he said. "I mean, I like Georgia because they have been here more than anybody. They were my first big SEC offer other than Tennessee, and going into things, I guess I'll just have to go back to the schools, ask more questions, and things like that. That will help me decide."

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