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How Brock Vandagriff could mark a positive change for Georgia football recruiting
Under Kirby Smart, Georgia football has become a national recruiting power. It has been able to go across America and land the No. 1 player in the Arizona, Nevada and Washington D.C. in this class alone, along with highly-touted running back Kendall Milton from California.
Georgia is now at the level where it is a true national brand. But fishing in those waters can sometimes come at cost. In this case, Georgia’s national recruiting success came at the expense of its in-state recruiting.
At the moment, Georgia has just four signees and one commitment in its 2020 class from Peach State products. An even deeper look reveals that the vast majority of top prospects in the state will be playing their football outside the state of Georgia. Of the top 25 prospects for the 2020 class using the 247Sports Composite rankings, Georgia has only signed one of those players to this point in 4-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge. Broderick Jones, a 5-star offensive tackle is committed to the Bulldogs, but Georgia is still battling Auburn for his services.
Signing just two of the top 25 players, all of whom are either 4-or 5-star prospects, is not good enough in a talent-rich state like Georgia.
And it’s not like in-state kids don’t want to play for Georgia. When speaking with 4-star running back Tank Bigsby at the Under Armour All-American game, he said in-state kids very much want to represent this state.
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“Just be real, instead of shooting all that fake stuff,” Bigsby said. “Kids are coming in wanting to play, you just have to be real with them.”
In the 2020 class, Auburn and Clemson have more commits and signees from Georgia than the Bulldogs do. When South Carolina, another team made up of a significant number of Georgia kids, beat the Bulldogs in Athens earlier this year, the win clearly meant a lot them.
But the talent exodus out of Georgia might not be as severe in the 2021 class. Especially after the Bulldogs landed 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff.
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Vandagriff plays at Prince Avenue Chrisitan and hails from Bogart, Ga. He lives just minutes away from Sanford Stadium. And the proximity to Georgia played a big role in him picking the Bulldogs.
“My Dad and I we talked and stuff,” Vandagriff said. “We are kind of sacrificing the best fit for me just for some other things that are priorities now.”
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