Brock Vandagriff looked forward to competing alongside the best high school seniors in the country.
The five-star quarterback from Prince Avenue Christian School was selected to the 2021 All-American Bowl. The annual showcase of top high school talent is normally marked by a game played in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, however, the upcoming game was canceled. The All-American Bowl officials found a way to honor this year’s 100 honorees, though.
In a YouTube video broadcast that aired Oct. 28, Vandagriff received his All-American jersey. Vandagriff was surrounded by his family, including father Greg Vandagriff, the head coach of Prince Avenue’s football team.
“I just think it's great,” Greg Vandagriff said about his son’s achievement. “It's the culmination of a good career. He's having a good year. I'm feeling good for him on all of that stuff.”
Vandagriff, who is committed to the Georgia football team, is nearing the end of a remarkable career. As he gets closer to his final game, which will come at some point in the state playoffs, the talented quarterback is adding onto his impressive career statistics.
Through eight games this season, Vandagriff has 2,195 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also has 346 yards rushing with 10 rushing touchdowns.
“It was just kind of the cherry on top,” Vandagriff said after receiving the jersey. “I was proud of it. I think there was only 100 people selected, so it's an honor to be selected. It stinks that the game's not gonna be able to be played but, in the end, I'm still being recognized as an All-American.”