Class of 2014 running back Nick Chubb is a complete offensive backfield prospect who has piqued the interest of football programs throughout the BCS ranks. The 5'11", 215-pound product of Cedartown, Ga., garnered offers from an outstanding list of potential suitors.
According to 247Sports, he was extended scholarships from Florida, Miami, Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas, South Carolina and Arkansas, among others. He ultimately opted to commit to Georgia in June, joining forces with fellow elite 2014 rusher Sony Michel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Chubb dominated as a junior at Cedartown High School, running for 2,375 yards and 33 touchdowns in 10 games, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Let's go beyond the statistics to discover what makes the Bulldogs commit such an intriguing prospect.
|High School||Cedartown High School|
|Size||5'11", 215 pounds|
|Position Ranking||No. 4 RB nationally, No. 3 player in state|
|Key Offers||Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida|
Chubb, a downhill back who draws his strength from a powerful lower body, fits the mold of past SEC standout rushers who attack straightforward. He runs a 4.47 40-yard-dash, per 247Sports, and uses that speed to avoid defenders and shed tacklers at the point of impact.
He is physically equipped for the rigors of college football, and it shouldn't take him long to stake claim to a role in Georgia's talented backfield. His versatility provides head coach Mark Richt and his coaching staff with a new weapon to utilize in multiple packages.
His explosiveness is evident in his running style. He is a decisive back who plants his lead foot in the turf before he identifies an open lane.
He embraces his raw power and doesn't spend time dancing or stutter stepping. It's an all-out aggressive approach that eschews wasted motion, much in the mold of Mark Ingram or Doug Martin.
Chubb only hesitates when he is allowing his lead blockers to seal off a crease, and then he's off to the races with a head full of steam. Some running backs rely on quickness, while others use patience before accelerating.
Consider him the latter of those two. It's all about the burst for Chubb, which sets him up to do damage in goal-line schemes, along with 3rd-and-short scenarios.
He is able to weave his way through traffic without significant deceleration and identifies his next move yards before he makes it. That vision sets him apart from a talented crop of 2014 running back prospects.
Chubb doesn't seem poised to emerge as a viable regular third-down running back due to some slight deficiencies in his passing-game presence. He isn't nearly the offensive threat as a receiver that he is when taking handoffs.
Sure, he can corral short passes in the flat and presents matchup issues on screens, but when it comes to running extended routes, Richt is likely to implement a different player. We've seen running backs improve as receivers in college, and that could ultimately become the case for Chubb through years of effort in practice.
Like most standout high school rushers, he isn't often asked to assist in pass protection. Georgia will focus on developing that technique early in his first training camp.
In a busy Georgia backfield, there's no better way to earn time on the field than by proving himself as a capable blocker and dual-threat running back.
What kind of running back will Nick Chubb become at Georgia?
Chubb must fight hard from his first day on campus if he hopes to climb a Bulldogs depth chart brimming with top-tier talent. He is physically ready to contribute, but how he handles the mental demands of an extensive collegiate playbook will determine when he hits the field.
Future teammate and fellow incoming freshman star Sony Michel is more likely to see early playing time, but both could eventually share duties as the team's top backs by 2015. Chubb may not take on a substantial role in the offense until his sophomore season, but if he is awarded an opportunity to contribute next fall, don't be surprised if he seizes the chance and makes strides toward stardom.
It may not be immediate, but with some patience and persistence, he will force the Georgia coaching staff to consider him for increased snaps. Expect Chubb to assert himself as a formidable offensive weapon in Athens.