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Nick Chubb Commits to Georgia: How 4-Star RB Fits into Bulldogs Offense

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 1, 2016

Mark Richt and Georgia have slowly but surely been putting together a solid recruiting class, and that class looks even better now that 4-star running back Nick Chubb has committed to the Bulldogs.

Chubb is considered to be one of the best recruits from the state of Georgia and he's a big-time running back. For a program that has had it's fair share of struggles in regard to landing elite in-state recruits as of late, the importance of Chubb's commitment cannot be overstated.

Radi Nabulsi of ESPN.com reported on the commitment:

The Peach State’s top running back last year in rushing yards was actually a junior. Nick Chubb of Cedartown (Ga.) High School had over 2,700 yards and scored 38 touchdowns for his squad in 10 games. Now as he prepares for his senior season, the four-star tailback has decided to commit to the in-state Georgia Bulldogs. 

“Georgia is a place I feel comfortable, where I feel like I want to raise my family and live the rest of my life,” Chubb said. “So going to the university will help me out with that.” 

Chubb goes on to talk about how Georgia recruited him, per Nabulsi:

“They talk to me almost every night there on twitter or they tell me to call them,” the four-star prospect said. “They recruited me probably the best. If they use the same thing with me that they use with everybody then I’m sure they’ll get [other recruits], because they are real smooth.” 

Georgia now has eight commitments with the addition of Chubb, and it also boasts another great running back commit in 5-star back Sony Michel, who committed in April.

Moving forward, Michel projects to be a star running back for Georgia, but Chubb has the potential to be equally important. In fact, Georgia is setting itself up to have another Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall-esque backfield.

Michel is 5'11'', 205 pounds. Chubb checks in at 5'11'', 216 pounds. Both have great size and both feature speed, but of the two, Chubb looks like more of a power runner. Meanwhile, Michel can be the elusive and fast runner on the edges.

That's not to say that Chubb can't beat a defender to the edge with speed or that Michel can't carry it between the tackles, though. Both runners are balanced overall, but Chubb runs with the type of forward lean and aggressiveness that would make him a tremendous short-yardage, power football back at the college level.

Either way, Georgia has two running backs that can be elite.

If both stay committed, look for Michel to work his way into the No. 3 role behind Gurley and Marshall, and Chubb will compete for the spot behind him. Once Gurley and Marshall move on, Michel and Chubb would be Georgia's new one-two punch.

Richt and his staff have proven they know how to utilize multiple running backs, so look for that trend to continue with these two recruits.

Add in 4-star running back A.J. Turman from the 2013 class, and Georgia is setting itself up with a running back corps that will rival Alabama's in the SEC.

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