Posted: 2:28 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Recruiting Rewind: UGA signee lacked drama for a 5-star but … 

By Michael Carvell

UGA's top signees on defense and offense. Nick Chubb (right) was actually ranked as the state's No. 1 overall prospect by 247sports while Carter was tops in the composite rankings (247sports)

The crown jewels of UGA’s 2014 class (247sports)

The recruiting journey of the state’s No. 1-ranked prospect at running back, Cedartown High School’s Nick Chubb, lacked a lot of drama.

Some would even call it boring for a 5-star.

Chubb made his college decision early, pledging to UGA last summer, and took only official visit (the Bulldogs).

However, things might’ve gotten interesting if a couple of Chubb’s visits to a rival SEC school had gone a little differently.

When asked which school was the biggest disappointment during the recruiting process, Chubb quickly responded, “South Carolina.”

“I had my date set (last spring) when I was going to commit to a school. All of sudden, I hear from South Carolina the next day, so I pushed my time back so I go down there and visit with those coaches. I pushed it back just for them.

“When I go over there to visit, Coach (Steve) Spurrier isn’t even there. So I waited a week and came back to visit again. And he’s still not there. I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like I was important to them.”

Missed opportunity? (AP)

Missed opportunity? (AP)

Soon after, Chubb went ahead and committed to UGA. He’s happy with his decision, but admits it would’ve been a lot more difficult if not for the unlikely turn of events.

“It would’ve been close between South Carolina and Georgia because I grew up really liking South Carolina,” Chubb said.

The 5-foot-11 Chubb, who recently weighed in at a muscular and tone 228 pounds, will report to UGA for summer classes on June 2.

Here’s the rest of the Q&A:

What’s the funniest thing any head coach said to you? “I remember Coach (Urban) Meyer from Ohio State told me to tell the Georgia coaches that I’m ‘all his.’ I just laughed. He was just recruiting me, and he knew I was big on Georgia. And no, I never passed the message to the Georgia coaches.”

What was your funniest memory with UGA’s Mark Richt? “He’s really good in corn hole. During my official visit there, he and Coach (Mike) Bobo were on the same team. They beat Rico Johnson and me. And the thing is, when we were warming up, Coach Richt was missing everything. When we started playing the game, he didn’t miss one. I mean, he hit everything. And he (Richt) was like ‘I guess I’m just feeling it right now. I don’t know. I got lucky on that one.’ He’s really good in corn hole. I had no idea he was going to get us like that.”

What advice would you give a junior about recruiting? “I’d tell them to enjoy it, and to take all of their visits. It was a fun experience. I wish I had seen more places, especially when everything is paid for (during an official visit).”

Why didn’t you take official visits to other schools? “My mind was stuck on Georgia. And I’m glad I’m going to Georgia. But I wish had seen more places. But I didn’t. It was an opportunity I should’ve taken. I only took one official visit to Georgia, and I had four more.”

Where would you have visited? “Probably far away. Oregon, Stanford and somewhere Up North like Ohio State. I would’ve still signed with Georgia, though.”

What was the most creative thing a college did to get your attention? “Probably Auburn for the Big Cat Weekend. They divided up the prospects and coaches on teams, and we went up against each other. We had pie-eating contest, water balloon fights, a scavenger hunt, and things like that. It was fun.”

AJC Super 11 selection (AJC)

AJC Super 11 RB Nick Chubb (AJC)

Which college coach was the hardest to turn down? “Probably Coach (Butch) Jones from Tennessee. He just really believed in me. We had a good relationship. He was always calling me and talking, not even about football. He would ask me about my day. He was really into me, you know. Being that close to him, it was pretty hard telling him I wasn’t going to Tennessee. He was like ‘I’m sorry you’re not coming, but I’ll still be keeping up with you.’”

What’s the biggest rumor about you that’s not true? “That I was slow, I have bad speed, and I have bad flexibility. I feel pretty good about my speed and flexibility.” (Chubb runs track and his best time this spring is 10.69 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.8 in the 200)

What are UGA expectations for you as a freshman? “They want me to come in there and fight for a starting position. That’s their expectations for me. I’m sure they say stuff like that to every recruit but I’m going to come in there and do my best. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get on the field somewhere.”

Do you really think you can compete for a starting position with Heisman candidate Todd Gurley there? “I don’t know. My focus is on doing my best.”

What do you want UGA fans to know about you? “I’m really a hard-working kid. I really don’t say much. I want to go in there, bust my tail and try to help Georgia win a national championship.”

Note: It was Nick Chubb, not Lorenzo Carter, who finished as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect in the 247sports.com rankings. Carter was tops in the 247sports composite rankings (which combines the four major recruiting services), while Chubb was at No. 3. Also, Chubb’s senior highlight tape is linked below, and you can turn it off after the first play.

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138 comments
RandyHall
RandyHall

NCDawg....good points....the major downside to not getting a committment from a player is that player will try to recruit other players to commit to the school he is going to attend...if several friends or teammates commit then it is harder to flip....watch out for the Griffin players!!! NCDawg....TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC...to bring prominence back to the UGA Football Program!!! 

NCDawg
NCDawg

Well the real college football drought is upon us.  There are 2 storylines that could break the monotony between now and the opening of fall camp.  1 I'd rather not see and the other is something to merely smile about for the moment.  

I'd rather be bored than read about any arrests or suspensions.  And I always have to curb my enthusiasm over commitments that are made 10 months before NSD and 4 months before the kids even play a game in their senior season is HS.  Way too many things can change in that amount of time.  I've said it before, I'd rather there not be early commitments.  1/2 to 3/4 of a year is an eternity for these kids and most haven't even been on their official visits yet.  So I just smile and put the early commits into the "remind me to be excited later" bin.


So here is to a boring summer.  LOL

Classof98
Classof98

Thanks for the picture caption "The crown jewels of UGA's 2014 class".  Very informative.


I assume the short guy is Chubb.  Anybody know who the other guy is?  The AJC didn't bother to tell us.



thebucket
thebucket

Did anyone see what Cece Jefferson tweeted and then deleted while on a visit to Gainseville?

POAD2014
POAD2014

Does he have a Valid Driver License?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

He can break tackles that's for sure. Gonna take a really good hit to bring him down with one guy. I doubt he'll be brought down with one guy

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Chubb reminds me of Darren McFadden when he was at Arkansas

POAD2014
POAD2014

He will probably let his Lil Chubby get him in trouble in Athens and get kicked off the team.

SCseas
SCseas

Sounds like he is hurt that SC didn't play the game with the other coaches, apologize to him for Coach Spurrier.

Well he already has the UGA "why doesn't Spurrier respect us in the morning" down, so he is a leg up on that.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Seems like a shot at "Ole Ball Coach" but hey Nick wasn't interested either. I hope he is half as good as yall been talking him up and he should be fine.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

"One of the single greatest efforts i have ever seen". I would say it was more bad tackling and weaker opponent. Man you guys get to oozing over somebody and my keyboard starts sticking.

NCDawg
NCDawg

If he rips off a run like that in Athens he will be a permanent fixture on SportsCenter highlights.

RangeRover
RangeRover

The first run on his video above was one of the greatest single efforts I have ever seen from a RB.


Thanks, Michael!

NCDawg
NCDawg

His stock jumped after the SPARQ ratings came out.  He is an athlete.  He has good natural body lean as well.  He doesn't look as stubby as you'd think being 5"11 and 228 lbs.  I wonder if they will bulk him up or opt to sculpt him?

NCDawg
NCDawg

Chubb is going to be the real deal.  I did notice what someone mentioned earlier about carrying the ball in his left arm but I did see a few times where he was carrying it in his right arm.  Perhaps those were later in the year?  He does cover the ball with both arms in traffic so at least he has that habit.

Cockpit
Cockpit

Story is Spurrier was in Florida and with Muschimp believe it or not, ha ha ha 
But seriously he was there at a thing for SEC coaches. Was trying to get Chubb to come for a visit before he went to Florida, but Chubb couldn't or wouldn't fit it into his schedule, so with all that who knows. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Chubb, seems to have a second gear. Exciting runner. Looking forward to several more years of Great Georgia Running Backs.

Whiznot
Whiznot

Wow! Chubb understands the key to running in traffic. Go slow to go fast. The kid controls pace and position to stay alive until there is enough daylight to score. He also is good a breaking tackles. Gonna be a great addition to the team.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@thebucket I wonder if anything will come of it?  I can't believe he would make that public but then again... people have done crazier things on twitter.  UF is going to have to do some quick damage control.  FSU will press the issue I guarantee.  Retracting a tweet isn't going to suffice.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DawgGoneIt go find Michel's video.  He's probably the quickest back we will seen in Athens in a long time, if ever.  He runs through tackles with a "you can't stop me" attitude.  Very impressive.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2014


TOADY  BOY:   Thanks for the support and positive attitude for the young guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@SCseas what nonsense are you spouting?  The Old Ball Coach gave Georgia plenty of respect after we beat ya'll last year.  Here is what he said:


"It was pretty obvious that Georgia was the stronger of the two teams out there," Spurrier said. "They kicked our tails up and down the field."

Sorry but you are just making up stuff to cover up the gaffe.  There is no way Mike Davis was a better prospect than Nick Chubb so somebody dropped the ball.  Don't worry, every school has those kind of misses.  It happens.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@gtcaryd


N O T I C E   T O    T O A D Y   B O Y:


Now this response from gtcaryd  is the proper way to post on here and have  A L L  other poster's respect!!!!!!!!


gtcaryd  would make a very good  A M B A S S A D O R(But not to

BENGHEISHI  or however you spell that country's name)

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Truth is Bama had Bo Scarbrough committted  and Nick spent all his tokens trying to get Leonad Fournette to come to Bama. We crashed and burned on Fournette. Nick even turned down Roc Thomas (AU's 5* recruit) when the young man tried to commit to Bama last spring. These two backs that selected UGA are top prospects but as of today they like most of these 5*'s have potential. That means they're not worth a shite just yet.

thebucket
thebucket

@gtcaryd Well anytime a guy has someone wrapped up and they don't go down it is considered bad tackling, but come on man, he broke like 7 tackles on one play! I agree that until he does it against SEC competition he hasn't accomplished much. But that was a great high school play and it projects that he could be a really good player at the next level.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@NCDawg Bulk him up or opt to sculpt him out? Do you ever read this stuff you post? Maybe a full bust instead of a portrait.

thebucket
thebucket

@NCDawg UGA definitely had a bad run with Ealey, King, Crowell, etc; but lately they have been hitting homeruns with Gurley, Marshall, Chubb, and Michel. I know a couple of those haven't arrived in Athens yet, but I will be shocked if we hear things about them that we heard about some of the first list.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Trying to find those really good players that aren't selfish is important at RB (I didn't say shellfish Jameis). These kids want to be on Sportscenter and right off the bat as well.

thebucket
thebucket

@NCDawg @thebucket Yeah it will be interesting to see what happens, if anything. Who knows what the real deal is when you have teenagers tweeting. His mama could have stuck it in his bag for all I know and he found it when he unpacked. Just thought it was an interesting tidbit on a slow news day.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@NCDawg @DawgGoneIt  Oh I've seen ol Sony's video lol. He's another great back. UGA is loaded at RB for a few more years. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@thebucket @NCDawg


How in hell  does the  G A T O R S  (if they are guilty)  think a measly

$120  can compete  with what BARN(aka aubarn, aka War Chickens)

has to offer???????????????????

NCDawg
NCDawg

@thebucket @NCDawg I think he would have known who it was from to declare it an "appreciation gift".  I guess we will know how big the story will get by Monday.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Jefferson has a real high opinion of himself. He is really good but just might be a hard person to manage off the field.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@gtcaryd @NCDawg@DawgGoneIt  I didn't say anything of the sort.  I said it was impressive.  There are a few other backs in this crop that are very impressive as well.  You and the other Tech fans that seem to hover around every blog that has anything to do with Georgia would be screaming about how the drought will be over if you ever landed a back that good... and you know it.  But CPJ can't get them to come to Tech and you just have to moan in envy.