Prince Avenue Christian School quarterback Brock Vandagriff won’t be going far from home to play college football after all.
Tuesday, Vandagriff announced via his Twitter page that he is now committed to playing in Athens for the University of Georgia.
Vandagriff committed to the Sooners in June of 2019.
A trip to Alabama over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks exposed some things that needed to be reconsidered in Vandagriff's commitment to the Sooners.
Ranked as a four star prospect and the second best quarterback in the class of 2021 by ESPN and the top ranked quarterback by Rivals.com, Vandagriff has the option of playing his college football in nearly any region of the country he feels suits him.
The bigger the scope of the decision, the harder it is to find things that truly matter. Vandagriff considers himself a family man. One of his favorite parts of high school football is taking family photos following games. Vandagriff wasn't ready to miss out on that experience.
“The first thing I do is try and talk to my family,” Vandagriff said. “We always take a family picture after every game. The aunts, uncles and grandparents that come and just seeing the smile on their faces after the game is awesome. I always try and thank them for coming. That’s the thing that’s important to me. Most of them weren’t too fired up about Oklahoma, but at the end, they were going to be happy with me wherever I went. I think I owe it to them to stay closer to home and put on for them.”
It was a visit with his grandparents, who live a stone’s throw on the other side of the Georgia and Alabama state line, that unearthed the limited opportunity that his family was going to have to see him play in person once he joined the Sooners.
The distance from Alabama and Georgia to Norman, Oklahoma was going to be considerable for Vandagriff’s family to attempt to make every game.
Vandagriff decommitted from the Sooners on New Year’s Day stating that he’d be considering a school closer to home.
“I’ve always been close to my family and I got a little bit homesick thinking about am I going to be able to do this if I’m halfway across the country,” Vandagriff said. “It really started to hit me. My grandparents and great grandparents are still living they said they’d love to come watch, but Oklahoma is kind of far. In the end, I just had to make a decision that was best for my family because I think I’m a family man and I want to do something closer to home. I don’t need to go halfway around the country for something that I could do here.”
Vandagriff originally chose to commit to the Sooners with an eye on their recent success developing professional quarterbacks. Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray were both the first selections in the NFL Draft following Heisman Trophy seasons in Norman.This season, Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts played himself into being a Heisman finalist.
Down the road Vandagriff hopes to for the opportunity to play in the NFL. Oklahoma appeared to to a fit that could help Vandagriff reach that goal.
“Me and my dad were talking and we both agreed that Oklahoma was the best fit for me as a quarterback,” Vandagriff said. “I want to play at the next level. I decided through prayer that in the end that I was going to sacrifice the best fit for what was best for the family.”
Though he grew up an Auburn University fan and he heavily considered the Tigers, Vandagriff felt Georgia was a good balance of location, scheme fit with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken bringing a more pass-happy style to Athens and opportunity to compete for championships. The Bulldogs enter the 2020 offseason coming off three straight SEC Championship game appearances.
The Bulldogs’ quarterback position is undergoing a shuffle after three-year starter Jake Fromm declared for the NFL Draft and Jamie Newman transferred in from Wake Forest.
“It’ll be appealing for any quarterback, because you’re going to want to throw that thing around,” Vandagriff said. “Being able to do that at a high level is going to be really fun.”