Georgia is stocking up on marquee tailbacks for its 2014 recruiting class.
Nick Chubb became the second top-10 rated player at the position to give a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs when he announced his decision on Tuesday night.
Chubb, from Cedartown High School, is the top-rated running back in Georgia, the No. 6 overall in-state prospect and the No. 9 running back nationally by Rivals.com. He joins Sony Michel of Plantation, Fla., the No. 2 –rated running back, to pledge to the Bulldogs.
Michel and Chubb are ranked No. 2 and 12 at running back by Scout.com and ESPN.com and No. 6 and No. 12 by 247sports.com.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Chubb picked Georgia over Auburn and South Carolina.
“It’s a big relief,” Chubb said after making his announcement on Fox 5 Atlanta from his school. “I’ve been stressing over it a little bit, but I’m comfortable in my decision. Hopefully, we can win some championships down there.”
Chubb rushed for 2,721 yards and 38 touchdowns in 10 games last season, averaging about 9.2 yards per carry.
“He uses a combination of size, speed and strength,” Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix said. “He has a lot of tools. He’s an extremely strong kid. He’s going to use his strength and he has great vision. He’s just a really good back.”
Georgia already has a 1-2 punch in rising sophomores Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Michel and Chubb could be next.
“They play both the backs they’ve got right now and I’m going with another talented running back,” Chubb said.
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo helped Georgia land Chubb, who was also recruited by secondary coach Scott Lakatos who recruits the area.
Chubb has a 3.8 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Hendrix said.
Chubb becomes the eighth commitment in Georgia’s recruiting class and the third since Saturday.