South Carolina missed on a big-time running back recruit on Tuesday when Nick Chubb committed to Georgia over the Gamecocks and Auburn at a TV station in Atlanta.
Chubb was considered a "lock" for Georgia weeks prior to his commitment until interest in South Carolina began to heat up. A few visits to the Gamecocks certainly gave Chubb an idea of what could happen if he were to choose South Carolina but his comfort level with Georgia seemingly outweighed any other opportunities he would have had at South Carolina or Auburn.
This isn't the only option on the running back board for South Carolina. Derrell Scott from North Carolina was the main focus at running back for the Gamecocks prior to Chubb's involvement. It appeared that it could have been a first-come, first-serve option between the two with whoever committed first in regards to a place in the Gamecocks' limited 2014 recruiting class. Both players are different style running backs with Chubb being considered more of a player like Marcus Lattimore while Scott is a shiftier, more versatile option out of the backfield.
The Gamecocks would have likely tried to make room for both players but won't have to worry about that now with Chubb committed to the Bulldogs. Scott will continue to be the primary running back option for Carolina and will likely be a player that commits at a later date to his school of choice.
For now, South Carolina comes close on a top player from Georgia but misses out. Still, all is not lost and there are plenty of players still left to give South Carolina a potential highly-rated recruiting class.