Top 2022 recruits take notice of Gunner Stockton’s UGA commitment
It’s hard not to notice when a 5-star quarterback commits somewhere, given the responses it tends to generate on social media.
That’s why there seemed to be so much chatter when 5-star 2022 quarterback Gunner Stockton announced his commitment to Georgia on Thursday.
— Gunner Stockton (@GunnerStockton) January 28, 2021
Stockton is the No. 27 overall player in the 247Sports Composite rankings, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 3 player in the state. His commitment moves Georgia into the No. 3 spot for the 2022 rankings, with all seven of Georgia’s commits coming from the state of Georgia.
The only commit ranked higher than Stockton in Georgia’s class right now is 5-star defensive back Deyon Bouie. But with a quarterback of Stockton’s quality in the fold, Georgia only figures to grab more highly-touted recruits in the coming months as the 2022 recruiting cycle takes shape.
A number of those major targets took notice of Stockton’s commitment. Georgia targets like 5-star athlete Malkhai Starks, 4-star offensive lineman Tyler Booker, 4-star tight end Oscar Delp, 4-star and wide receiver Kojo Antwi were just some of the 2022 prospects to react to Stockton’s announcement.
Congratulations bro https://t.co/rn67xTyNoo
— Malaki Starks (@MalakiStarks) January 28, 2021
Congrats brother🐶 https://t.co/w6UquWOmRh
— TBook🦍 (@iamtylerbooker) January 28, 2021
— Oscar Delp (@DelpOscar) January 28, 2021
Uh ohhhh!!🐶 https://t.co/hRg1OlEWCx
— Kojo Antwi (@Kojo_Antwi2) January 28, 2021
— Denylon Morrissette (@DenylonM) January 28, 2021
YESSSSSIRRRRRRRRR GUNNNAAAAA🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶BIG DAWG https://t.co/7CZhco3LnL
— Marquis Groves-Killebrew (@qfromtheville) January 28, 2021
Stockton was originally committed to South Carolina, but he backed off that pledge after Will Muschamp was fired and Mike Bobo was hired to be the offensive coordinator at Auburn. Georgia initially finished as the runner-up for Stockton’s services when he first committed last August.
Bobo and Auburn had seemed like a possible, maybe even probable, landing spot for Stockton. Ultimately, the stability and long-standing relationships he had at Georgia were why the Bulldogs won out.
“He feels like the University of Georgia and becoming a Bulldog is what is best for him,” Stockton’s father Rob told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “We’re super excited as a family that he’s got this pressure off of him.”
Should Stockton maintain his 5-star rating, it would give Georgia back-to-back classes with a 5-star quarterback as the Bulldogs signed Brock Vandagriff in the 2021 class. Stockton and Vandagriff faced off against each other during the 2020 season, with Stockton’s Rabun County getting the best of Vandagriff’s Prince Avenue Chrisitan Academy 38-31. It was the only game Vandagriff lost all season.
Gunner Stockton highlights vs. Brock Vandagriff
“He’s a competitor,” Stockton said of Vandagriff after the faced off in September. “To me being a competitor is the ultimate goal you can have. He plays hard. It was pretty cool playing against him.”
Recruits though weren’t the only ones to take notice of Stockton’s commitment, as the news was celebrated by fans and the coaching staff alike.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 28, 2021
— Jonas Jennings (@JonasJennings) January 28, 2021
— Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) January 28, 2021
Light it up!!! 🐶🔴⚫️🙌🏾 #GoDawgs
— Cortez Hankton Jr. (@Coach_Hankton) January 28, 2021
— 704 Dawg (@FSFRecruits) January 28, 2021
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 let’s get it
— TID (@TINGDAWK93) January 28, 2021
BREAKING: 5 🌟 Dual-Threat QB Gunner Stockton has just Committed to Georgia!
The 6’1 220 QB from Tiger, GA chose the Bulldogs over Auburn. He is Ranked as the #1 Dual-Threat QB in the Class of 2022
With the addition of Stockton, Georgia jumps to #3 in the ‘22 Rankings pic.twitter.com/NEiW9Qd8Uj
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 28, 2021
ESPN's No. 5 dual-threat QB and No. 46 overall player in 2022 commits to the G. Initially committed to South Carolina. https://t.co/h33F3xu5bu
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 28, 2021
— GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) January 28, 2021
Gunner Stockton worked a lot on his development with my old high school coach (and Mike’s dad) George Bobo.
I know firsthand the kind of coaching that kid received and couldn’t be more excited.
— Jon Tweets Sports (@jontweetssports) January 28, 2021
LETS GOOOOO!!!! https://t.co/kW2wNt91FH
— Ax.. (@AxactlyAx) January 28, 2021
— UGA Supporters (@Support_UGA) January 28, 2021
*Biggest Mike Breen voice*
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) January 28, 2021
Georgia signed has the No. 3 recruiting class in the 2021 recruiting cycle, with National Signing Day set for Wednesday. Kirby Smart has signed a top-3 recruiting class in each of the past five cycles and with Stockton now committed to Georgia, it looks like that trend will continue for a sixth straight cycle into 2022.
When speaking during the early signing period in December, Smart made it clear why quarterbacks, like Stockton and Vandagriff, want to play at Georgia.
“Quarterbacks want to play at Georgia,” Smart said. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they enjoy playing at Georgia. Criticism is going to be there in everything we do, but the opportunity to play at the University of Georgia and be a quarterback].
“Those kids want the opportunity to do that. They want the opportunity to win championships, and you putting yourself in the conversation about being able to win championships is always going to put you at the forefront of every quarterback’s in the country list.”
More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation
- TopGolf coming to Sanford Stadium in June 2021
- Former SEC head coach predicts great success for Jahmile Addae at Georgia
- Way-too-early game predictions for Georgia football 2021 schedule
- Instant observations regarding Georgia football 2021 schedule
- Georgia football 2021 schedule: quick takes on each game
- How the 2021 coaching carousel has impacted the Georgia football program
- Georgia football hires West Virginia CB coach Jahmile Addae
- Tennessee to hire Josh Heupel of UCF to be its next head coach
- Senior Bowl weigh in: Georgia’s ‘Big Ben’ Cleveland posts Goliath numbers
- Georgia football senior DB Prather Hudson transferring to Illinois