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Atlanta Nike SPARQ Combine Notebook

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Admittedly, things can change.

Nick Chubb will visit Florida next.

He hasn't, after all, visited a few other programs that could become factors.

But for right now, three programs stand out, four-star running back Nick Chubb of Cedartown (Ga.) said at Saturday's Nike SPARQ Combine.

"It's Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn," Chubb told 247Sports. "Those visits stand out and those schools stand out. That's my top three, no order. That's the top for right now. But I haven't been to Ohio State or Florida yet."

Why do the Bulldogs, Volunteers and Tigers have an edge over the field at this point?

"I've got good relationships with them, and I've probably been there more than anywhere else," Chubb said.

He added that "Tennessee and Georgia are recruiting me the hardest."

According to the 5-feet-11, 216-pound Chubb, the No. 12 running back in the 247Composite, he will visit the Gators in two or three weeks and the Buckeyes in April. Georgia Tech is another school that could get a visit from Chubb.

"I'm trying to get down to Florida next," he said. "I've been calling them the last couple of weeks. They seem very interested."

2015 receiver Christian Owens is a big target at 6 feet, 5 inches.

Chubb's most recent offers have come from Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.


Sophomore receiver Christian Owens of Griffin (Ga.) already is 6-feet-5, 205 pounds, and he said Alabama assistant Kirby Smart already has compared him to another big-bodied pass-catcher.

"He tells me I'm going to be the next Julio Jones … or even better," Owens said.

Jones, now in the NFL, is a former Crimson Tide star. It appears his former team has taken a liking to Owens.

"I've talked to Coach Smart two or three times," Owens said. "He's also been to my school. He told me he wanted to offer me early. I've been to Alabama twice and I've been to Georgia. I'll be going back to Alabama for camp this summer. I think Coach Smart is a pretty good coach -- even though he doesn't coach receivers. He's cool."

Owens doesn't yet hold any offers. Should one eventually come from Alabama, he made it seem as though it would be difficult to pass up.

"I would strongly consider [committing there]," Owens said.

Georgia is a school that OL Christian Harris is hearing a lot from.


Things on the recruiting front have started to pick up of late for offensive tackle Christian Harris of Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, one of the better-looking players physically at Saturday's event.

"My top BCS offer would be North Carolina," Harris said. "In the past week or two, I've also gotten Charlotte, South Alabama, Georgia State and Ohio."

According to Harris, he has talked a good bit with schools such as Alabama and Georgia, and the 6-feet-5, 275-pounder said the feedback from those programs has been positive.

"I went to junior day at Georgia and talked to [Georgia coach Mark Richt] a little bit," Harris said. "He says he's really interested in me and said he's really close to offering -- about as close as you can be. I think he wants to see me on the field first. I've also talked to Coach Smart at Alabama."

Harris is extremely lean for a high school lineman, and that is something college coaches have pointed out to him as being a good thing.

"They definitely look at it in a positive manner and say they don't have to break down all this fat," Harris said. "They say they can work with me and get me in the weight room as soon as I get there instead of having to get all the fat off."

Harris mentioned Duke and North Carolina as schools he'd like to visit sometime in the near future. He plans on seeing the Blue Devils during spring break.

Offensive guard Trey Derouen is a player to watch for 2015.

Because he expects more offers to come, Harris said he doesn't really have any favorites yet.


2015 offensive guard Trey Derouen of Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview doesn't yet have any offers, but he's definitely a player to keep an eye on in the coming years. Derouen visited Alabama last weekend, and already is getting face time with Saban and Smart.

"They're telling me they like what they see and they want to visit me this spring," Derouen said.

For Derouen, meeting Saban in his office was an eye-opening -- and somewhat intimidating -- experience.

"I was a little nervous," Derouen said. "It was just amazing. He said we're highly recruit ing you."

The 6-feet-3, 309-pounder also has visited Georgia.

"It was pretty nice," he said. "They're like an academic school first."

Alabama probably won't be the only college at Derouen school during spring practice. He expects the Dawgs, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt to drop by, too.


*Langston Hughes (Ga.) middle linebacker Kalil Gray, who recently picked up offer No. 1 from Georgia State, said Saturday he is hearing a lot from both Kentucky and Missouri.

*2014 receiver/cornerback Bingo Morton Jr., also of Langston Hughes, said Old Dominion became the first school to offer him last week.

*Junior offensive guard Justin Brown of Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy, a starter on a state runner-up squad in 2012, said he's receiving strong interest from programs such as Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He attended junior day at Auburn recently.


"The hardest part was just staying warm and getting flexible. The 40-yard dash was hard. My knees were stiff. But overall, it wasn't bad. You've got to deal with stuff like this. You may have to play a game in the snow someday." -- Chubb, commenting on Saturday's weather, which included temperatures in the 30s with snow flurries.

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