Georgia has two great running backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to carry the load for the Bulldogs’ run game the next two seasons before the pair likely heads to the NFL in 2014, but their successors could be one step closer to committing to Mark Richt.
Sony Michel (Plantation, Fl. American Heritage) and Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga. Cedartown) each have the Bulldogs at the top of their list. I wrote last month that Georgia is in a great position to land Michel and I still believe that when he announces on Apr. 26 that the Bulldogs will be his choice.
Michel was in Gainesville on Saturday for their spring game/practice and not in Athens, but don’t let that discourage you, especially after the Gators flipped running back Dalvin Cook from Clemson. Cook’s recruitment to Clemson had been in question for some time and adding the five-star back likely eliminates them from Michel’s mind. My prediction is that Michel will choose Georgia over Miami, Florida State and Notre Dame.
Chubb has less uncertainty regarding his recruitment and is prepared to commit before June. In comments made to Chad Simmons of Scout.com, Chubb expressed his feelings about the Bulldogs.
“UGA is the in-state school, they run an offense like we do in high school, and I feel real comfortable there,” Chubb said.
The four-star 5-11, 216-pound back is the No. 8 running back according to 247Sports.com composite rankings and would be a nice fit with Michel at Georgia because he has more bulk and power compared to Michel who is a speedy and elusive back. The duo would be a deviating force when Gurley and Marshall depart.
The only thing keeping him from committing to Georgia could be late interest from Clemson now that they’ve lost Cook. However, I think they’re getting into the race too late and will be unable to make up enough ground to surpass Georgia.
Therefore, in my mind in the next couple weeks the Bulldogs should have their next great running back tandem in the fold and can focus their recruiting efforts on in-state linebacker Raekwon McMillan among others.