FRISCO, Texas — Don Chaney Jr. is a name that pops up often when it comes to the Georgia RB board for 2020.
For the record, the 5-star RB stated at the Opening this week that Georgia finished up as his No. 2 school.
“If I wasn’t going to Miami, I was going to Georgia,” he said.
That would seem to indicate that his recruiting is over. Chaney, who rates as the nation’s No. 6 RB and the No. 29 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings, sounds very committed to the Hurricanes.
The impressive 5-foot-11, 195-pound rising senior (Belen Jesuit Prep/Miami, Fla. ) made it seem pretty clear that particular status is not wavering in his mind.
Is there a sliver of hope there for the Bulldogs? He does not expect to visit any more schools.
“Nah,” he said. “Shut down. Locked. With a hundred locks on there.”
Georgia had actually made a surge in his recruitment prior to his final decision to go with the Hurricanes. He chose Miami back on Feb. 3 of this year.
But that was after the Bulldogs made a very strong impression with running backs coach Dell McGee.
“I still have a good relationship with coach Dell McGee,” Chaney Jr. said. “I will obviously still go to him for advice if I need it. If I need it. My relationship with them is there. It is just that I am a Miami guy now.”
What if Miami stumbles on the field?
“If there was one then they are still my number two,” Chaney Jr. said. “But I don’t think Miami is going to stumble. They never stumble. So I’m not worried about it.”
Chaney said he’s getting pressure from his roommate this week. That would be one Marcus Rosemy. Rosemy chose Georgia last month.
“He’s like ‘Yo it is a phenomenal place and ‘RBU’ is the best out there and it is a place where you want to be’ and stuff like that,” Chaney said.
How close was it? When asked about that, he held up his fist and looked at it. It seemed to indicate he was looking at the distance between his knuckles.
“Knuckles,” he said. “It was really close at the beginning. I was telling my Dad every time I visited Georgia that ‘I need to commit now’ and ‘I need to commit now’ and it was just something changed when I took a visit to Miami. I was like “I have got to go here’ and I changed my mind about everything.”
“I have got to come here.”
He felt the Hurricanes program just gave him a “real great feeling” on that trip. It ended those thoughts about playing for the Bulldogs.
“Things change,” he said.
Chaney has been one of the most impressive RB prospects in action out at The Opening in Texas this week. He plays in South Florida against a very high level of competition.