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John E. Hoover: No. 1 recruit Brock Vandagriff commits to Oklahoma

John E. Hoover: No. 1 recruit Brock Vandagriff commits to Oklahoma

Brock Vandagriff, the No. 1 high school prospect in the country in the 2021 recruiting class according to, gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (PHOTO:, used with permission)

Lincoln Riley landed the top high school prospect in the land on Thursday morning — and he’s a quarterback.

Brock Vandagriff, a five-star pro-style QB out of Bogart, Georgia, gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma and Riley on Thursday morning. He’s a member of the 2021 recruiting class.

According to, Vandagriff is the best player in the country, ranked just two days ago No. 1 in the initial Rivals100 rankings for the 2021 class.

The rising junior told Rivals, “Oklahoma was the best decision for me because it checked all the boxes as an individual and as an athlete. The staff was more than welcoming and unbelievably outgoing throughout the process. It only took two visits to know that is where I will be spending my college years. THAT is how special it is in Norman.”

Incoming 2019 freshman Spencer Rattler, a five-star prospect who signed with the Sooners in December, is Riley’s highest-ranked quarterback recruit to come to OU out of high school. If Vandagriff’s ranking holds — and if he signs with OU rather than flipping to another school — he would be Oklahoma’s highest-ranked prep QB recruit since Rhett Bomar, and the Sooners’ highest-ranked overall recruit since Adrian Peterson. Both arrived in the 2004 class.

Riley coached both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — both transfers — to the Heisman Trophy and the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. That unprecedented accomplishment figured to open a lot of recruiting doors for Riley, who now seems to have his choice of quarterback recruits.

The 6-foot-3, 199-pound Vandagriff plays at Prince Avenue Christian School and chose OU over offers from Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and others. Playing for his father as a sophomore, he threw for 3,190 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 23 TDs.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at


John Hoover

John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he was co-host of "Further Review" and "The Franchise Drive." Now he's The Franchise college football insider: Oklahoma's state Heisman rep, a voter in the FWAA Super 16 poll, an FWAA media access liaison, and a Big 12 writer at Sporting News and Lindy's preseason magazine. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist and won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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