Georgia commit Gunner Stockton accounts for seven touchdowns against Pace Academy
Georgia quarterback commit Gunner Stockton shined bright on the main stage as Rabun County dismantled Pace Academy 47-14 in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.
Stockton completed 14 of 25 passes for 381 yards and six touchdowns against the Knights. He also showed off his speed as he rushed 15 times for 105 yards and a score. Stockton compiled 486 yards of total offense on his own en route to six total touchdowns in the victory.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound quarterback helped Rabun County earn its first win of the season on Saturday night over the Pace Academy. Last week, Jefferson and current Bulldogs’ commit Malaki Starks defeated the Wildcats 22-13 in the season opener. However, Stockton threw for 382 yards and rushed for 105 yards with a touchdown against the Dragons in the loss.
The Tiger (Ga.) native also reached the 10,000-yard mark through the air on Saturday night. He becomes the seventh player in Peach State history to reach that milestone. Former Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm currently ranks No. 3 behind Clemson standouts Trevor Lawrence (13,902 yards) and DeShaun Watson (13,077 yards) with 12,745 yards.
Current Bulldog freshman quarterback Brock Vandagriff joined that club last year as he ended his career at Prince Avenue Christian School with a total of 10, 217 yards. Also, Georgia senior quarterback Stetson Bennett almost reached that mark and passed for 9,091 yards at Pierce County High School from 2013-16.
Stockton threw for 3,128 yards and 46 touchdowns last season at Rabun County as a junior. He also rushed for 1,581 yards and 26 scores in 2020. Coming into the season, Stockton had thrown for 9,518 yards and 122 touchdowns while also racking up 3,416 yards and 70 scores on the ground. He is poised to pass Fromm on the list of Georgia’s all-time leaders (in terms of passing yards) if his production keeps continuing at a high level during his senior campaign.
In an interview after the victory on Saturday, Stockton told ESPN2 reporters that he and West Forsyth tight end Oscar Delp are attending the Georgia-Clemson game in Charlotte in Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 4. Delp is a four-star and is currently one of the Bulldogs’ most important targets in the 2022 recruiting cycle. Stockton is actively trying to recruit Delp to commit to Georgia.
Here’s a scouting report for Stockton:
Stocky prospect at the quarterback that doesn't appear to have significant growth potential. Good athlete with a baseball background that has active feet in the pocket. Can extend plays when needed and accounted for over 700 rushing yards as a freshman against limited competition. Is capable of making some advanced throws and shows touch and ball placement downfield. Shows creativity and competency delivering on screens and RPO throws on the move. Comfortable making tight-window seem throws with velocity. Still in the early stages of his development and shows the need to load up on big balls. Has a tendency to overstep with his front foot and can get loose mechanically. Very early stages of a potential NFL prospect but significant experience and development is still necessary. - Bartom Simmons, 247Sports