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.
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