Which SEC Powerhouse Is Best Fit for 4-Star RB Nick Chubb?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 12, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Running back and 4-star prospect Nick Chubb is one of the better running back recruits in the 2014 class, and he's also going to provide us with one of the more exciting recruiting races in the 2014 cycle. 

His 247Sports interest list features some of the most interesting SEC teams in the country—Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee—and he's going to be a talented addition wherever he ends up.

Chubb is ranked as the No. 8 overall running back in the 2014 class, and he's also the No. 6 player from the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's 5'11'' and 216 pounds, so he has elite size, which he couples with great speed by running a 4.56 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.

Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com reports on Chubb's top four:

Chubb has visited Florida, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee the last few months. The Tigers, who Chubb visited for Junior Day, remain in his top four with Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.

While all four have a lot to offer Chubb, he really likes the potential of Auburn, per Hokanson's report:

Chubb said proximity to home and the potential of Auburn's offensive line in 2014 have him very much intrigued by Gus Malzahn's new-look program.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound back has also noticed Malzahn's resume of producing 1,000-yard rushers. Nine of them in the last seven years.

"I'm a running back, so I like to hear that," he said. "I know they run the spread and it's fast-paced and I'll get carries. Spread mostly passes, but they produce rushing yards. They are doing something on the ground."

Being part of the rebuild at Auburn would certainly be intriguing, and with the way that Gus Malzahn and his staff finished the 2013 recruiting cycle, Auburn needs to be considered a major player in this recruiting race.

That said, last year the Tigers went out and signed 4-star running back Johnathan Ford, 3-star running back Peyton Barber and 3-star JUCO running back Cameron Artis-Payne, so the team may not need another running back. They also already have the commitment of 3-star running back Kamryn Pettway, who is 5'11.5'', 221 pounds.

Georgia, on the other hand, missed out on 4-star back Alvin Kamara in the last recruiting cycle and only signed one back in 4-star A.J. Turman. The Bulldogs also recently lost the commitment of 2014 4-star all-purpose back Stanley Williams.

Eventually, Mark Richt will have to find a star running back who can replace Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, and it never hurts to have a capable No. 3. Turman has good potential, but there's no doubt that Chubb could end up being that guy for the Bulldogs. 

Considering that Georgia needs to up its game with in-state recruits, Chubb should be a huge priority for Richt's staff, which will offer him the opportunity to play in a scheme known for producing great runners. 

The Bulldogs have a big need for a 2014 star running back, and Chubb could fill that need. He'll be in a proven scheme for running backs, and he could play for the major in-state program. Georgia should also be highly competitive in the SEC during the next few years as well, so the Bulldogs offer the potential for Chubb to win some meaningful games and even compete for a national championship.

I wouldn't count out Auburn, Florida is always a huge draw and has just as much championship potential and Tennessee is hot on the recruiting trail right now.

Those three programs all have good draws, but Georgia is the best fit for Chubb.

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