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Nick Chubb, a 4-star running back recruit from Cedartown, Ga., has announced he will attend the University of Georgia, according to ESPN Georgia:
Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina were his three finalists, according to Matt Scalici of AL.com. Chubb had offers from some of the biggest programs in the country, including Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Chubb is the eighth-best running back prospect in the 2014 class and the ninth-best overall player in the state of Georgia. And for good reason—he rushed for 2,697 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2012.
He was pretty darn good in 2011 as well, rushing for 1,579 yards and 24 touchdowns. You can check him out in action below:
Standing 5'11" and weighing 216 pounds, Chubb is a physical, compact runner who shows impressive power and the ability to break tackles. While he doesn't boast top-end speed or shiftiness, he is solid in both areas and uses them to hit the hole quickly or create a running lane for himself.
He will fight for the extra yard, and his combination of strength and balance normally means that he'll get it. In addition, he seems just as comfortable running through an arm tackle as he does making a quick lateral cut and avoiding a defender altogether.
A good comparison would be former Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Duce Staley.
Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert, ESPN's National Recruiting Analysts (Insider protected), noted the following:
Chubb is a talented and physically well put together back who is well-rounded as well but is not as close to the elite level in as many ways. He can supply some big runs but can contribute more by providing tough yards between the tackles and be a strong blocker.
Chubb may never be a truly elite running back at the next level, but given his hard running style and lack of any major weaknesses, he should be a very productive college player.