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One area of emphasis for the Georgia coaching staff coming in to the 2014 class was running back. The staff had its sights on a few targets at the position, and one of those targets, Nick Chubb (Cedartown), is set to make his decision today.
With Sony Michel (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla.) already in the fold, UGA is looking to add its second Rivals100 running back in the class while also getting the top ball carrier in the Peach State.
Chubb will make his decision on the Fox5 Atlanta newscast at 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday and below, UGASports takes a look at the impact his decision could have on UGA.
If Chubb chooses Georgia
Should the four-star prospect decide to place that Georgia hat on his head Tuesday, it would mean big things for Dawg Nation.
First and foremost, it would give Bulldogs a second Rivals100 talent in the offensive backfield. Not only would Georgia have another talented runner, but it would also have a perfect compliment to Michel.
With Chubb at 5-foot-11 218-pounds and Michel at 5-foot-11 211-pounds, there isn't much of a difference in size, but there is a distinction to be made between the two running styles.
While Michel is a slashing style back that explodes through seams and makes tacklers miss at each level, Chubb is a physical power back that can grind out tough yardage between the tackles. Chubb possesses excellent balance to go with his power, and he also has the ability to bounce runs outside and do damage on he edge.
Adding Chubb to the 2014 class on Tuesday would also build on some positive recruiting momentum for the Bulldogs. After two commitments on Saturday, Chubb would give Georgia its third in the last four days with Brooks County defensive back Malkom Parrish set to decide on Thursday.
Chubb could be a major cog in a strong summer for UGA in regards to recruiting.
If Chubb does not choose Georgia
The obvious answer here is that it would mean that UGA has missed on the top running back in the state for a third straight year. Now that doesn't necessarily mean anything as Georgia pulled Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall from North Carolina in 2012, A.J. Turman from Florida in 2013, and Michel is committed to the 2014 class from out-of-state. With that said, you can bet that the Georgia coaching staff wants to keep the top running back in the state of Georgia for 2014 at home to play his college ball.
It would also mean that Georgia would essentially have to reach out of the Southeast for a running back. The main target, should Chubb choose Auburn or South Carolina, would be Freedom (Oakley, Calif.) running back Joe Mixon. Mixon is very high on Georgia, and he would likely get the full court press if Chubb eschews an opportunity to play his college ball in Athens.
Mixon may get that same attention if Chubb does choose UGA, but if the opposite is true, Mixon will instantly become one of the most important prospects in the 2014 class for Georgia.
This one is pretty close in our opinion. While many have said for weeks that Chubb is a lock to Georgia, UGASports doesn't feel as if that is the case.
South Carolina has done an excellent job of selling Chubb on being a workhorse and a feature back in Columbia. Auburn, more than many think, has also given Chubb something to think about by selling him that the Tigers program is on the rise.
In the end, however, Georgia is the school he grew up loving. The Bulldogs gave him his first major SEC offer behind Tennessee, and UGA assistants Mike Bobo and Bryan McClendon have had Chubb as a priority for months now.
In the end, South Carolina and Auburn have recruited the Rivals100 talent extremely hard and it wouldn't shock us to see him go to any of his three choices. Georgia, however, appears to be the most likely destination. Prediction: Georgia