Spurs Up! 5-star QB Gunner Stockton makes Commitment to South Carolina
A long-anticipated announcement came from Gunner Stockton, as the 5-star dual threat QB (the prize of the 2022 class) made his commitment to the University of South Carolina on Thursday evening. For Stockton, it closes a recruitment that was going on since his freshman year, and truthfully long before that as scouts knew of his talent prior to getting into high school.
The rising junior led the Wildcats to a sixth straight region championship in 8-AA, and a fifth consecutive quarterfinal-or-deeper playoff run. He passed for 3,473 yards and 43 TD this past year, completing 239 of his 334 pass attempts (72%), and rushed for 1,126 yards and 19 scores.
All told, he collected 4,599 yards and 62 TD, bringing his career totals to 8,225 yards of offense and 113 touchdowns. He has thrown for 6,390 yards already and 77 TD, and rushed for 1,835 and 36.
Stockton was named the Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American by MaxPreps in 2018, and this past season was again named MaxPreps All-American (Sophomore). He earned preseason All-American honors on the eve of the 2020 season as well.
Stockton was once considered a favorite by many to land at UGA, especially with fellow Rabun players Charlie Woerner (c/o 2016) and Braxton Hicks (c/o 2020) heading to Athens. However, late January provided a wrinkle when Prince Avenue Christian QB Brock Vandergriff (c/o 2021), also a 5-star, announced his commitment to Georgia following his junior year.
UGA was still in the mix when just weeks ago he narrowed his list down to two – UGA and USC.
Stockton is a talent that surely will be looking to play on day one, and many experts and college coaches feel that if he were on their campus now, would have a legitimate shot to beat out anyone on the roster.
Stockton held 26 offers, including from programs such as Alabama, UGA, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, and many other top-tier football programs. Ultimately, South Carolina and Will Muschamp won him over.