The snowy weather may have created a buzz from the students at Cedartown High School on Thursday, but it may not be the most popular conversation to have on campus this week.
That’s because football coaches from the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, Michigan State University, Georgia Tech and The Ohio State University have all been on campus this week.
The reason for their visits? Junior running back Nick Chubb.
The standout football player for Cedartown had a record-breaking junior year. He set a Georgia regular season state rushing record by running for 2,697 yards in 10 games. He also scored 38 touchdowns.
Since the season has ended, Chubb has been named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year, the Rome News-Tribune Co-Offensive Player of the Year, the Region 7-AAAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year and he has been named to the Associated Press Class AAAA All-State first team and the Rome News-Tribune All-Area first team.
Chubb also participated in the RisingSeniors.com AT&T Junior Bowl in Atlanta, which featured the top 98 junior football players in the state of Georgia.
He also was named to the CBS MaxPreps 2012 Medium Schools All-American football team as a member of the second team offense.
Now, college coaches are stopping by the high school to learn more about him.
“First thing, even though these coaches are coming by, they can’t talk to the kids,” Cedartown head coach Scott Hendrix said. “That is against the NCAA rules. They do it to just let the kids know they came by, to be seen. But they can’t have a conversation with the kids.”
Hendrix noted that a college coach can’t talk to a recruit on a high school campus until after Dec. 1 of their senior year.
Despite that, Hendrix said the appearance of the coaches plays a role.
“They want Nick to know Mark Richt or Butch Jones thought enough of him to come by here,” Hendrix said.
Principal Hal David said the visits by the coaches has indeed been exciting.
“Mark Richt and the defensive backs coach came by Monday,” David said. “They came by the main office for about 10 minutes. Coach Richt asked me how long I had been at CHS and he thanked us for the job we do here. He was impressed by our Governor’s Cup trophy for SAT improvement.
“The students were excited to see him. Mrs. Kriss York (office administrator) had her pictured made with coach Richt, and he spoke with coach Hendrix, then he got back on the road for another recruiting stop.”
After Georgia’s visit to start the week, Tennessee came by on Tuesday, Michigan State on Wednesday and also Ohio State and Georgia Tech made visits.
David stated that Michigan State offered Chubb a scholarship during their visit. Chubb now has scholarships offers from the Spartans, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Tennessee, Ohio State and Georgia.
“I am proud of Nick for getting this attention,” Hendrix said. “He’s worked hard and performed well.”
Hendrix noted that this week shows that hard work does pay off.
“Some people out there think if you are not at a large school or in a large area, that it is harder to get recruited,” Hendrix said. “But this show you, if you are good enough then these colleges will find you. It’s not where you are located, it’s your performance that matters. I think this shows our kids that being in a small town will not limit you if you will put the work in.”
Hendrix said that this has been good for the program to have all these coaches on campus.
“It is good PR, it is good for our kids to know that Mark Richt and these other coaches came on campus,” Hendrix said. “It’s created quite a buzz in the school and community and maybe this will help motivate other kids to work hard.
“I know it helps everyone to see the head coach of the University of Tennessee in the weightroom, it adds a pep to their workout, seeing an SEC school on campus.”
While the college coaches can’t talk to Chubb, they have talked to Hendrix.
“They have sat down with me in my office to talk,” Hendrix said. “They are just hard working people like everyone else.”