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FOOTBALL: Cedartown's Nick Chubb signs with UGA

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The recruiting battle for Cedartown High School running back Nick Chubb is over.

On National Signing Day on Wednesday, Chubb signed his official letter of intent to play college football at the University of Georgia.

His signing with Georgia ended the sweepstakes for perhaps the most recruited football player to have ever played at Cedartown.

“It’s a relief to have it over,” Chubb said. “I mean the recruiting process was a good experience and I really did enjoy it, but it was also overwhelming at times.”

Chubb, who verbally committed to Georgia on June 11 live on Fox 5 television, chose Georgia over his other two finalists, Auburn and South Carolina.

All told, Chubb had offers from 22 schools, including Georgia, Nebraska, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Texas, Stanford, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Florida, Tennessee, Penn State, Arizona, Purdue, Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

“It’s a blessing to have so many top schools offer you a scholarship,” Chubb said.

The standout running back finishes his high school career with 6,983 rushing yards which places him fifth all-time on the Georgia High School career rushing yards list. He also ended his high school career with 102 rushing touchdowns, which places him fifth on the all-time career rushing touchdown list in Georgia.

As a junior, Chubb broke the Georgia regular season state rushing record by running for 2,721 yards in 10 games.

“Nick is the kind of kid who comes along only once or twice in your entire coaching career,” Cedartown head coach Scott Henrix said. “He is a special young man with a special talent.”

Hendrix was also quick to praise everything Chubb has done for the program.

“Nick’s leadership is one where he leads by example,” Hendrix said. “But that impacts his teammates and this program in a very positive way because he set such great examples for his teammates. He is going to be a hard one to replace, and we knew the day was coming when we would have to replace him, but it sure is going to be hard.”

While playing for Cedartown, Chubb won several awards.

He was named the 2013 Georgia Sportswriters Association Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year and the 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year. He was the 2013 Region 7-AAAA Player of the Year and the 2012 Region 7-AAAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He also won the 2013 Rome News-Tribune Co-Player of the Year award and the 2012 Rome News-Tribune Co-Offensive Player of the Year award.

As a senior, Chubb was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and he was a finalist  for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, receiving a free trip to New York City because of that honor.

Chubb was also named to the Class AAAA All-State first team as a senior and junior. He was a member of the  Rome News-Tribune All-Area first team as a senior and junior. The four-star running back was also named as a member of the CBS MaxPreps 2013 and 2012 Medium Schools All-American football teams.

Chubb, who also participated in the 2012 AT&T Junior Bowl in Atlanta, stood out last summer at the Nike headquarters.

At Nike headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, Chubb participated in the SPARQ Rating National Championship as part of The Opening. Chubb finished third in the nation.

Competing in a field of 161 athletes, Chubb finished with a SPARQ score of 142.59 in the finals, finishing behind only Devante Noel (New Orleans, La.) and Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis, Ind.).

The athletes were measured in four categories: the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle, the vertical jump and a powerball toss.

Chubb was clocked in a laser-timed 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, and he leapt 41.8 inches in the vertical jump. He finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.21 seconds and he had a 42.0 in the powerball toss. The event was televised on ESPNU.

“First and foremost, all glory goes to God,” Chubb said. “He is the one who has blessed me to make all this possible. I also want to thank my family and coaching staff for all they have done for me. I also want to thank my friends for their support as well.”