First-Year Profile: Brock Vandagriff
(Photo from Brock Vandagriff’s Instagram)
Over the next month, DogWatch will be looking at the Bulldogs’ incoming freshman in a new series called First Year Profile.
Today, we will look at former Prince Avenue product and Athens-area native Brock Vandagriff.
Ranking: Vandagriff was ranked the No. 16 overall prospect, No. 3 quarterback in the 2021 class and the No. 2-ranked player in the Peach State, per the 247Sports Composite.
Size: 6-foot-3, 205-pounds
Background: Vandagriff was once committed to Oklahoma after meeting with Sooners’ head coach Lincoln Riley several times. However, he de-committed from Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2020, which was the same day Georgia was facing Baylor in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. A few weeks later, Georgia hired offensive coordinator Todd Monken to the staff, and Vandagriff committed to the Bulldogs just four days after that. The dual-threat quarterback was one of 16 early enrollees that joined the program in December.
2021 Impact: Georgia currently has one of its most talented quarterback rooms ever, so there’s a chance Vandagriff won’t see the field as much as anticipated. J.T. Daniels will be the starter against Clemson in the season opener. So, Vandagriff will be fighting for that No. 2 spot against redshirt freshman Carson Beck and senior Stetson Bennett. The Bogart native is just now learning the offense and has some catching up to do. Nonetheless, he might be the most talented out of all the backups, and could see some playing time in certain situations. His legs give him an advantage because he’s able to roll out of the pocket and evade defenders, which could help him earn playing time in shorter yardage scenarios. Regardless, he will learn under the direction of Monken and the other quarterbacks.
Scouting Report: Possesses prototype physical specs at the QB spot. Good functional athlete on the field who has supported that with testing numbers early in high school career (4.69 40, 4.40 shuttle as a sophomore). Light on his feet in the pocket. Sets and resets quickly and with impressive body control. Good short-to-intermediate zip. Accuracy steadily improved over course of high school career and is reflected in completion percentages higher than 70.0 in junior and senior years. State title-winner who posted outstanding production. Clearly a pass-first QB but flashes athleticism to make plays with his legs, whether buying time or scrambling for yardage. Excels in off-schedule situations and shows encouraging ability to vary arm angles as needed. Remains accurate on the run and shows good ball placement in general. Displays the requisite vertical arm strength but can still improve velocity on deeper throws over the middle/down the seams. The occasional hitch in delivery can slightly decelerate release quickness. Dominated smaller-school competition in high school and will make the significant jump to P5 level. One of the nation's top QB's in the 2021 recruiting cycle who owns a strong football pedigree as a coach's son. Should become a multi-year high-major starter with all-conference potential and a ceiling in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. - Gabe Brooks of 247Sports
G-Day Performance: Vandagriff completed six of nine passes for 47 yards and also showed off his wheels in the intrasquad scrimmage. It was easy to tell why earned his five-star ranking, especially because of his decision-making skills and quick acceleration out of the pocket. However, he did lose a fumble that almost cost his team the game, but those kinds of mistakes happen.