Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats have their next quarterback, and once again, it is coming via the transfer portal.
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Brock Vandagriff entered the transfer portal on December 4th and has decided to make Lexington his new home.
Vandagriff announced the news Wednesday!
Soon after hitting the portal, reports started flying around that Kentucky was the school to keep an eye on for Vandagriff, and it looks like they were correct.
Out of high school, Vandagriff was one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country when the Georgia native decided to stay home and commit to Georgia.
According to Rivals, Vandagriff was a 5-star talent and was ranked as the No. 8 overall player and the No. 2 overall quarterback in the 2021 class.
Here was the scouting report of Vandagriff from 247 Sports coming out of high school.
“Possesses prototypical stature and frame for the position. Has continued to fill out and already has muscle mass, particularly in his upper body. Productive against small school competition both through the air and as a runner. Shows the ability to make throws from multiple platforms. Can stand in the pocket and drive the ball down the middle of the field while also making touch throws and hitting passes on the run. Primarily projects as a pocket passer at the next level but shows nice athleticism in making plays with his legs , rushing for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore. Has a nice framework as a passer but can continue improving his mechanics and improving his ball location and overall operating efficiency. Projects as one of the more talented signal callers in the 2021 cycle with the upside of developing into a Power Five starter and eventual NFL Draft pick.”
During his time at Georgia, Vandagriff was always stuck behind Stetson Bennett and Carson Beck.
However, prior to the 2023 season, Vandagriff and Beck had an intense QB battle in the spring, and during the G-Day spring game, he threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite having to think long and hard about the decision, head coach Kirby Smart ultimately handed the job to Beck.
This season, Vandagriff appeared in seven games and threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Vandagriff checks a lot of boxes for Kentucky, and it’s also worth mentioning that Stoops’ most successful QB was a transfer from a powerhouse school that could not win the job in Will Levis.
Kentucky will be looking to have that same success and even more with Vandagriff making the move from arguably the best program in the country right now.