As we inch closer to National Signing Day, fans want to learn more about the new players that will make the jump from playing on Friday nights to Saturday afternoon.
For the Georgia Bulldogs, the 16 players that have committed were at the top of their game at high school and the fans expect them to do the same this fall.
But there is one player that could really make a huge impact, possibly this year but certainly in 2015 and 2016.
Nick Chubb is a running back from Cedartown, Georgia and was arguably the best running back in the state in terms of how he produced on the field.
Having Chubb commit to Georgia was huge for the Bulldog nation because they will get a chance to see how special he really is.
Here’s everything fans need to know about Chubb.
As it was mentioned earlier, Chubb is from Cedartown, Georgia and played high school ball at Cedartown High School.
It was his junior year when scouts started to take notice of Chubb. In 2012, Chubb rushed for 2,721 yards (which is now the state season rushing record, via North Georgia News) and 38 touchdowns in 10 games. This past season, Chubb rushed for 2,683 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Chubb led his team to a 9-2 record this past season, which were the most wins the school has had since 2002 when they won 10 games.
He was awarded the 2013 Georgia Sportswriters Association AAAA Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to play in the U.S. All-America game earlier this month.
The reason Chubb was able to produce in high school was the fact he did a lot of things well.
Standing at 5’10’’ and 215 pounds, Chubb has the size to break tackles and can keep his feet when he’s getting hit.
He is also fast for his size. He runs the 40-yard dash at 4.47, but he’s quick due to his great footwork.
But the key trait Chubb has that will benefit him when arriving to Athens is his vision. He waits for the hole to open and hits it as quickly as possible. And if the hole is not there, he has the ability to bounce out of it and find daylight.
There aren’t a lot of weaknesses for Chubb, but if there is one area that he could get better at, it’s being faster.
Chubb has quickness and can be very shifty at times. But he doesn’t have the home run speed that most college coaches like to have in their running back.
Also, his receiving skills will need to be polished once arriving on campus. Because of his success running the ball at Cedartown, the team did not need to throw the ball.
That is not Chubb’s fault, but with the way Mark Richt and Mike Bobo run the offense, Chubb will be asked to catch balls in the backfield, which is something he did not see on Friday nights.
One of the things that could hurt Chubb is the depth at the position.
Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley will be back as well as J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas. We also can’t forget about A.J. Turman who got the redshirt last year, and Sony Michel is a five-star prospect (via 247Sports) that is also looking to make an impact in 2014.
So it’s safe to say Chubb will have a lot of competition going into this season. But no matter if they put the redshirt on him or not, Chubb will make more of an impact in 2015 and 2016 because Gurley and Marshall will be gone, and if the coaches believe in Chubb, they could move Green and Douglas to different positions, which would leave him along with Turman and Michel as the three running backs to lead the Bulldogs offense.
Chubb is a great running back prospect that has the ability to play every down. He has size, speed and the patience to be an All-SEC and All-American running back.
He will have to work on his protection and pass-catching skills, but that will come as he learns the offense.
He will also have to deal with a lot of competition because even though Gurley and Marshall will most likely be gone after 2014, he will still have to battle with three running backs for playing time.
But if he is really the guy that can be the next great running back for Georgia, then Chubb will not have problems seeing action on the field in the early stages of his college career.