Kirby Smart ‘excited’ about Brock Vandagriff, the future of the Georgia quarterback position

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Brock Vandagriff signed with Georgia on Wednesday.

Wednesday was a big day for 5-star quarterback signee Brock Vandagriff. Sure he signed with Georgia just over 15 minutes from Sanford Stadium as the centerpiece for Georgia’s No. 3 recruiting class.

But he also took his last high school final, officially making the end of his high school academic career. The next test he takes will be a college one, located in Athens.

“They want the opportunity to win championships,” Smart said of quarterbacks at Georiga. “You putting yourself in the conversation of being able to win championships is always going to put you at the forefront of every quarterback in the country’s list. When they start talking about where I want to go, I want to go win a championship.”

Georgia has had a checkered history with quarterbacks under Smart. The Georgia head coach has had no problem getting talented signal-callers to Athens. Since he arrived in December of 2015, Smart has now added four quarterbacks who were 5-star Composite quarterbacks. That doesn’t include Jake Fromm or Jamie Newman either.

But the Bulldogs haven’t seemly gotten the most out of those quarterbacks unless you’re willing to count the three-game sample-size of JT Daniels.

One of the most consistent knocks against Smart has been the Justin Fields situation, as he seems poised to lead Ohio State to a second-straight College Football Playoff appearance, while Georgia will miss out again. ‘How could Smart not see Fields’ obvious dual-threat talents and play him?’ is a question fans and critics have asked countless times in the past two seasons.

Well, Vandagriff has some of those similar attributes as he’s ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the class.

“He’s a really good athlete. He’s tough. He’s a competitor,” Smart said. “He grew up playing the game. [He’s] not afraid to take a hit, to deliver a blow. One of the first stories I heard about him when I got here was how he covered kickoffs maybe in the eighth or nineth grade and wasn’t afraid to hit people.

“When you look at a quarterback nowadays, that’s one of the things you have to say and that’s the new deal when you look across the NFL. The arm angle, the ability to have mobility to escape—the game has changed.”

He showed his athletic ability last week in a win over defending state champion Eagles Landing as Vandagriff added two rushing touchdowns in short-yardage situations.  He now has 15 rushing touchdowns on the season.

He’s also got a hand-cannon for an arm. As a senior, he’s thrown for 41 touchdowns while completing 71 percent of his pass attempts.

How soon Vandagriff sees the field depends on what Daniels decides to do following the 2020 season. But there’s little question that Vandagriff is the future of the position for the Georgia football program.

Georgia quarterback Brock Vandagriff Senior highlights

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