Brock Vandagriff has made a new decision. It should certainly read like a family-first decision.
The 5-star QB de-committed from Oklahoma on the first day of 2020. He found a new home less than three weeks later. The rising senior in the 2021 class is able to still call it home both before and after his new college choice.
It is 13.7 miles away from where he currently plays high school football. That will be 13 fewer hours and 900 miles closer than the Oklahoma program he had been previously committed to.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior from Prince Avenue Christian (Bogart, Ga.) is going to be a Bulldog. He announced that decision via his social media.
— brock 🌊 (@BrockVandagriff) January 21, 2020
Oklahoma was a great fit given his skill set. Now toss in Lincoln Riley and his reputation for building up No. 1 draft choices-slash-Heisman winners at that position. It made a lot of sense.
Except when Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around this past year. Those family ties tugged at his heart. He couldn’t sleep and found himself praying it.
“My Dad and I we talked and stuff,” Brock Vandagriff said. “We are kind of sacrificing the best fit for me just for some other things that are priorities now.”
Vandagriff becomes the third member of the 2021 class in Athens and should certainly be seen as the cornerstone recruit for the class. That’s a given with quarterbacks. Not just 5-star recruits.
The 5-star QB ranks as the nation’s No. 1 pro-style passer and the No. 8 overall prospect for that cycle on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He’s the first 5-star QB to commit to Georgia since current Ohio State star Justin Fields did so in October of 2017.
Why was it Georgia?
“I trust the coaches there and I trust them in the direction they are going and I want to be able to compete for national championships,” Brock Vandagriff said.
When he made the decision to back off his commitment to Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, it was clear that two things would be forthcoming: 1) He was going to make a move to be much closer to home: 2) He wasn’t going to take a long time to figure out his next choice.
— brock 🌊 (@BrockVandagriff) January 1, 2020
The highly-competitive Prince Avenue Christian junior has never seemed to be the type that enjoyed the back-and-forth and courting of the recruiting process. When he opened his decision process back up, that just restarted all of those coaches reaching out once again.
Vandagriff does plan to enroll early at Georgia in January of 2021.
Brock Vandagriff: What he will now bring to UGA
Let’s tackle the biggest “what this means” question first. Vandagriff will always be linked with Washington, D.C. area 5-star passer Caleb Williams in the 2021 cycle.
Williams was heavy on Georgia over the last year, but LSU, Maryland, Oklahoma and Penn State are also strong contenders there for his eventual decision. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound junior is very much in the debate with Vandagriff for the nation’s No. 1 overall QB prospect in 2021. He ranks as the nation’s No.1 dual-threat passer and also the nation’s No. 14 player at this time.
This certainly appears to be an example of Georgia taking the commitment from a prospect who was ready to make his decision and dancing the jig around their facility in being fortunate to do so.
He’s rated as a pro-style QB, but his Hudl profile page lists a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash. His 4.44 time in the pro agility drill should certainly be seen as a very good time for a quarterback prospect. Throw in his 37-inch vertical jump and he will certainly be an athlete for the Bulldogs at that position.
Vandagriff’s father, Greg, is the head football coach at Prince Avenue Christian in Bogart. That’s about as close to UGA as any school can get.
Especially one with his arm and the numbers he has put up playing Class A private football in Georgia. Toss in the fact that he is the son of a respected high school football coach in the state and it is clear that Vandagriff checks a lot of boxes in the ideal scouting makeup for a field leader.
Vandagriff completed 151 of his 211 passes (72 percent) this past season for 2,471 yards in eight games. He tallied up a 31:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The junior also added 262 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Is he a true pro-style QB? Or a dual threat? Here’s a pretty good information stream that details his unique skill set:
- Vandagriff has had a season in which he caught 34 passes at wide receiver in high school.
- He’s also had a season in which he picked up 7.3 yards per carry on the way to 1,001 rushing yards.
- But he’s also had a season in which he threw for 3,190 yards.
- The junior has also been timed at 4.69 seconds on a laser in the 40-yard dash.
- He also sent every kickoff try during his sophomore year out of the end zone.
- Vandagriff could likely punt in college. That’s even if he couldn’t hit an offensive lineman in the numbers on a four-yard curl route.
Check out his junior highlight film below. He throws an easy ball that seems to carry downfield easily. Some of his best throws are made as he escapes the pocket on the run and delivers an accurate and powerful throw deep to receivers in stride.
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