Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry previews a vital game for 5-star Georgia commit Brock Vandagriff this week against 5-time Class A state champion Eagles Landing Christian Academy.
Imagine staring off into a bright and blazing sun. The shine is so bright one simply has to cover their eyes. That’s the visual to keep in mind for the big test anchor Georgia commit Brock Vandagriff and his Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines face this week in the third round of the state playoffs.
That shine would be the Eagles Landing Christian Academy football team. The Chargers have won five consecutive GHSA state titles and had won 67 of their last 68 games in Class A dating back to 2014.
As far as big playoff hurdles go, this one requires a fabled beanstalk to clear.
A cub reporter might size up that matchup and frame this as a game where Vandagriff shows he is worthy of that 5-star rank as the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat QB (247Sports Composite) for the 2021 class.
But that’s not it. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior did that awhile back.
Vandagriff authored that game last fall in the first round of the GHSA playoffs. ELCA faced its toughest test out of all those five state championship runs. The future Georgia QB had missed time due to a broken fibula that caused him to miss almost two months of the season.
Brock Vandagriff has a big test this week against 5-time defending state champion Eagles Landing Christian Academy. It will be the biggest game of his high school career up to this point. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Eagles Landing Christian won 62-57 in a game where those on hand will never forget.
That was the 5-star-and-then-some resume game.
“There was the feeling that night that we could just not stop him,” Eagles Landing Christian coach Jonathan Gess said. “We had no answers.”
The AJC’s Todd Holcomb noted it was the third-highest scoring game in GHSA playoff history.
Vandagriff completed 29 of 46 passes for 525 yards and six touchdowns. He ran for 79 yards and another two scores.
“He was just phenomenal man,” Gess said. “I’ve said Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence about him that night because I’ve watched those two guys. That’s how Brock Vandagriff is. He’s just that much better than everybody else.”
DawgNation has heard about Vandagriff’s play that night ever since. The widespread take was that Vandagriff had at least eight to 10 throws that were the stuff of a future multi-year starter in the SEC.
“It is not just a quarterback and he can throw,” Gess said. “He’s a physical specimen. Our outside linebackers bounced off him last year. He’s hard to tackle. Guys are like ‘go hit him in the mouth and see how he plays.’ I’m like ‘Dude he will probably hurt you if you keep trying to do that’ and then he’s a tough kid. I think the most impressive thing about the kid for me was something else, though.”
This wasn’t about the arm. Or the wheels. Or his strength level that will soon set a school record with a 320-pound power clean.
“A lot of these kids are arrogant and full of themselves,” Gess said. “He never taunted our team but he got his team fired up. You rarely see what he did that night. You just don’t see it very often and that’s a team rally behind one individual. It has got to be the quarterback but I sat there and thought I don’t know how we won that night because I saw a team of kids play at a level that was beyond imagination all because of the leadership and the presence that he brought to that team.”
“It was awesome to sit back and watch. The way one person can impact a team.”
ELCA led the Wolverines 28-14 at halftime. Vandagriff led his side back with 43 points the rest of the way.
In his opinion, no quarterback has ever shredded an ELCA defense the way Vandargiff did that night.