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Five-star quarterback Gunner Stockton committed to South Carolina Thursday.

DN90: Gunner Stockton’s commitment won’t stop UGA’s pursuit of an elite 2022 QB

Brandon Adams

Georgia football fans can get a quick update on the latest news involving the Bulldogs each day with DN90. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams provides all the latest UGA happenings on video in about 90 seconds. So follow along as Kirby Smart and the rest of the Bulldogs attempt to lead UGA to a national championship, and get up-to-the-minute UGA recruiting news as well. On this edition of DN90, the discussion focuses on what five-star quarterback Gunner Stockton’s South Carolina commitment means for the Bulldogs’ pursuit on an elite 2022 quarterback — such as four-star prospect from Pace Academy, MJ Morris.

DN90: Gunner Stockton’s commitment won’t stop UGA’s pursuit on an elite 2022 quarterback

Georgia missed out on a five-star quarterback this week when Gunner Stockton chose South Carolina over the Bulldogs. However, that setback isn’t expected to stop UGA from continuing to pursue other elite prospects at the position.

Stockton had previously listed UGA as one of his top two finalists, but his deep ties to the Gamecocks were always going to be a challenging obstacle.

Stockton’s high school coach at Rabun County, Jaybo Shaw, is the the brother of former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw — now a Gamecocks staffer. And Stockton’s family is closely connected to the family of new South Carolina offensive coordinator — and former UGA quarterback — Mike Bobo.

A prospect of Stockton’s stature choosing the Gamecocks is perhaps a bit of a surprise. Stockton now ranks as the highest-rated quarterback commit in South Carolina program history.

However, Stockton apparently doesn’t view the Gamecocks’ meager history as a deterrent.

“I believe championships can be won at South Carolina,” Stockton told 247Sports. “The facilities are in place. The support is there, and it’s ready to take off.”

Stockton clearly views the Gamecocks future in an optimistic light, but others in the college football community are more skeptical.

Outlets such as CBS Sports, The Sporting News and College Football News have listed South Carolina’s Will Mushcamp as the coach on one of the hottest seats for the upcoming season — meaning he’s a potential candidate to be fired.

If that happens, then maybe Stockton could reconsider his college choice. And at that point, maybe UGA could re-enter the race for his services. However, even if Stockton is off the board for good, UGA still has a number of intriguing options available for the 2022 class.

DawgNation’s recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joined DawgNation Daily Friday to remind UGA fans that Stockton was never the only quarterback UGA was chasing for the 2022 cycle. UGA has apparently also shown a lot of interest in four-star quarterback MJ Morris — now of Pace Academy.

Morris has told DawgNation that he’s felt like a priority for the Bulldogs ever since Todd Monken was hired as offensive cooridnator.

“It was right when coach [Todd] Monken got hired as the new offensive coordinator,” Morris said. “That’s when things really took off for me with Georgia at that time. I’ve been in contact with them now about once a week. Things definitely skyrocketed for me with Georgia when Monken got hired. I would definitely say it had something to do with that.”

Morris is a thrilling player to watch and his game films draw rave reviews. If Stockton’s status causes UGA to focus even more heavily on Morris, then many Bulldogs cans could eventually be happy with the results.

For more on what Jeff said about the state of UGA’s 2022 quarterback recruiting, and Morris in particular, check out the latest edition of DN90, linked above.

 

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