April 9, 2013

Rivals Camp Series recruiting notebook


Tennessee has made some early waves on the 2014 recruiting trail, and the impact has been particularly huge at the running back position. The Vols have already secured a pair of significant commitments from ball-carriers before summer, which would suggest they're done at that position. But are they?

Georgia's Nick Chubb is one of them most highly recruited tailbacks in the South, and had emerged early on as a serious target for the Vols.

Chubb made an unofficial to Knoxville this winter, and expressed more than a little interest in Tennessee.

As you'd expect, commitments within the last month from Jalen Hurd and Treyvon Paulk have given him some pause when looking at Tennessee.

"I'm still looking at Tennessee, I still hear from the coaches there and I haven't dismissed them at all. I'm just trying to figure out where I would fit in if I went there and also a lot can change before Signing Day, so I haven't ruled them or anyone out," Chubb said of the suddenly crowded backfield in Knoville.

"You're going to have competition wherever you go, but three running backs in one class is a lot."

That's hardly a surprising take, especially considering that Chubb has an enviable amount of options that includes virtually every power program in the country.

Still though, the fact that he hasn't totally slammed the door on Tennessee seems significant. He also added that he intends to get back to Knoxville for a visit in the next two months, likely in late May or early June.

Like most every prospect we visited with in Atlanta, Chubb said he'd been impressed by what he's seen from the new staff in Knoxville.

"I've met coach Jones and the rest of the staff a couple of times and I really like what they're doing there," Chubb said. "The offense seems like it's going to be a lot different, going to the spread it's going to be fast-paced."

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