When you hear that the No. 1 high school quarterback in the Class of 2022 plays his high school ball for Rabun County (Tiger, Ga.) High School and that he committed last week to an SEC team the destination appears obvious.
By Steve Wright
That, however, was not how this story played out as Gunner Stockton will not be playing his college ball for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs, but rather for Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
It’s hard to oversell how much of a coup this is for Muschamp and a Gamecocks program that needed a shot in the arm as much as any team in the entire country. Stockton is a 5-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the No. 24 player in the country, the No. 3 player in the state of Georgia, and the No. 1 dual-threat QB in the cycle.
This decision allows Gamecock fans to look past the four-win season that the team just endured safe in the knowledge that an elite level quarterback – which Stockton certainly seems to be – can change the fortunes of a program in a hurry. Talent begets talent and it will be interesting to see who else Muschamp can bring into Columbia with the dangled carrot of the top quarterback in the class as leverage.
The tape on Stockton from his sophomore season in 2019 is strong. He threw for almost 3,500 yards and 43 touchdowns against just six interceptions. His passes have plenty of zip on them and he isn’t afraid to wing the ball into tight windows. When he pulls the ball down to run he is an excitement machine that is able to string together a series of cuts and moves while rapidly getting downfield. He excels at beating DBs one on one, using his athleticism to freeze them and spring into the secondary for an even longer gain. Stockton is the total package and it will be interesting to watch his development during the rest of his high school career.