Days after adding Todd Monken and Buster Faulkner to the offensive staff, Georgia added another key piece to the future of the Bulldog offense. The Bulldogs landed a commitment from 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff on Tuesday morning.
Vandagriff announced that he was staying home, as he hails from Bogart, Ga. which is less than 15 miles from Sanford Stadium.
— brock 🌊 (@BrockVandagriff) January 21, 2020
He is the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the 2021 class and the top-ranked prospect in the state of Georgia according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and listed as a pro-style quarterback. But he also ran for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore.
Vandagriff, should he maintain his ranking as the top-ranked player in the state, would be the first top-ranked prospect from the state of Georgia to commit to and sign with the Bulldogs since Kirby Smart has taken over the program. Vandagriff was a one-time Oklahoma commit but he backed off that pledge and said the distance was a major factor in doing so.
With Vandagriff in the class, Georgia now has three commitments in the class. He joins 4-star safety David Daniel and 3-star guard Jared Wilson.
Vandagriff is by far the highest-rated commitment in the class. And his announcement drew a lot of strong reactions from the likes of coaches, recruits and naturally Georgia fans.
That is a great way to start the day!!!!!
— Buster Faulkner (@Buster_Faulkner) January 21, 2020
GO DAWGS !!
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 21, 2020
— Lootrunner.mariooo (@MarioWill00) January 21, 2020
Go Dawgs🐶 we’re building something special https://t.co/wJhrW02Kv4
— Chad Lindberg (@ChadLindberg78) January 21, 2020
— UGA Spike Squad (@UGASPIKESQUAD) January 21, 2020
— Overtime (@overtime) January 21, 2020
No. 1 QB for the 2021 class Brock Vandagriff is committing to Georgia pic.twitter.com/v2CiwjqePt
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 21, 2020
— We Are Dawgnation!🍁 (@dawgnation17) January 21, 2020
I like it
— Ax… (@AXdawgEL) January 21, 2020
Congrats Brock, proud of you son! Go Dawgs!! Let’s Keep Georgia Great! pic.twitter.com/nI2ghEpiXh
— Greg Vandagriff (@GVandagriff) January 21, 2020
— UGA Supporters (@Support_UGA) January 21, 2020
Yessir ! Congrats Bro https://t.co/ZRuhciej2J
— David Daniel (@David_X_Dope) January 21, 2020
The number one QB in 2021 is a Dawg! https://t.co/l8cHecf1YI
— Georgia Bulldogs \: (@GeorgiaWave) January 21, 2020
The addition of Vandagriff does likely mean that Georgia will no longer be pursuing fellow 5-star quarterback Caleb Williams. Georgia had been recruiting both, as Williams was the No. 1 ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Vandagriff visited Georgia this past weekend after Georgia had announced the hiring of Monken as the offensive coordinator. Vandagriff shared what he liked about the Bulldogs’ new offensive coordinators.
“He is a great guy and fun to be around,” Vandagriff said on Sunday. “I didn’t get to talk much with him about football. We kinda small talked and played some corn hole mainly.”
This is not the first that Kirby Smart has landed an elite quarterback prospect, as Smart signed Jacob Eason as a 5-star prospect in the 2016 class and Justin Fields as a 5-star quarterback in the 2018 cycle.
Georgia brought in graduate transfer Jamie Newman for the 2020 season, but he will have just one season of eligibility. Meaning the quarterback job for the 2021 season should be wide-open. Vandagriff does plan to enroll early, meaning he will be in Athens in the spring of 2021 to compete for the job. The Bulldogs also have Stetson Bennett, D’Wan Mathis and Carson Beck on the roster as scholarship quarterbacks.
Jeff Sentell breaks down Georgia football quarterback commit Brock Vandagriff
- Vandagriff has had a season in which he caught 34 passes at wide receiver in high school.
- He’s also had a season in which he picked up 7.3 yards per carry on the way to 1,001 rushing yards.
- But he’s also had a season in which he threw for 3,190 yards.
- The junior has also been timed at 4.69 seconds on a laser in the 40-yard dash.
- He also sent every kickoff try during his sophomore year out of the end zone.
- Vandagriff could likely punt in college. That’s even if he couldn’t hit an offensive lineman in the numbers on a four-yard curl route.
Georgia football commit Brock Vandagriff highlights
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