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Get to know Kentucky QB target Brock Vandagriff

Vandagriff is in the portal, and Kentucky is reportedly a top contender.

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As the Kentucky Wildcats search for Devin Leary’s replacement at QB, a big piece of news broke in the transfer portal on Monday when Georgia Bulldogs backup QB Brock Vandagriff announced he would be entering the transfer portal after three years in Athens.

Vandagriff enters the portal as a grad transfer with two years of eligibility remaining at his next school after redshirting in 2021 and being active the past two seasons.

He’s also reportedly a prime target for the Wildcats.

But who is Brock Vandagriff?

Let’s take a closer look.

A highly-touted recruit

Vandagriff was one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2021, coming out of Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, GA.

In the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Vandagriff was the #4 QB in the class behind Quinn Ewers, Caleb Williams, and Sam Huard.

As a prospect, scouts loved his size at 6’3 and around 205 pounds, along with his ability to make plays on the run and footwork in the pocket.

Vandagriff had plenty of options for college, choosing the home state Georgia Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and several others.

However, things didn’t work out quite as planned in Athens.

Life at UGA

Vandagriff came to Georgia and found himself in a crowded QB room, with Stetson Bennett ultimately claiming the starting job.

That worked out well for the Bulldogs in 2021, as Georgia finished 14-1 and defeated Alabama in the national championship. In 2022, Bennett returned and once again led the Bulldogs to a national championship.

There were some rumors that Vandagriff could enter the transfer portal last offseason, but ultimately, Vandagriff stayed in Athens for a third year where he was in competition for the starting job.

The Bulldogs ultimately went with the junior Carson Beck, who finished the year with more than 3,700 passing yards and 22 passing TDs, along with four rushing TDs.

Bluegrass Family Ties

Vandagriff actually has a family connection to nearby EKU, where his sister, Anna Greer Vandagriff, is a standout for the Colonels volleyball team.

This season, Anna, a 5-foot-11 sophomore right side, was fifth in the ASUN conference in hitting percentage (329%) while averaging 2.84 kills and 0.52 blocks per set.

Vandagriff’s family is full of high-level athletes and coaches. Their sister, Audrey Vanadagriff, is a softball and track & field star committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide next season.

Their father, Greg Vandagriff, is the head football coach of Prince Avenue Christian in Georgia. He’s led the program to a pair of Class-A state titles.

Safe to say this family is elite at sports.

Onto the Portal

Vandagriff is now in the transfer portal with a lot of buzz that Beck will opt for another year at UGA.

While he’s been limited in action over the last three seasons, Vandagriff saw the most action of his career this season.

As Beck’s backup, Vandagriff completed 12 of 18 passes for 165 yards and 2 TDs.

He saw action in seven games, which included the matchup against Kentucky. Vandagriff entered that game against the Wildcats and completed 5 of 7 passes for 46 yards and a TD, along with two carries for 27 yards.

Kentucky is viewed as one of the top contenders for Vandagriff, but it’s almost certain there will be other schools in the mix.

South Carolina could be a contender, as Shane Beamer was his main recruiter when Oklahoma was contending for Vandagriff out of high school.

With Vandagriff in the portal and Kentucky looking to fill that void on next year’s roster, I’d expect Stoops and Co. to move fast to try to lock him in.