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VanGorder jumps at chance to join his father at Notre Dame

Buford quarterback Montgomery VanGorder turned down scholarship offers to Division I-FCS programs to play for his father at Notre Dame.

VanGorder will be a preferred walk-on for the Fighting Irish where his father Brian VanGorder was hired as the defensive coordinator last month.

"It was pretty much a no-brainer," Montgomery VanGorder said.

VanGorder had scholarship offers from Murray State and Eastern Kentucky, but was planning to be a walk-on at Central Florida. Then his father left the New York Jets to be the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame in January.

"It will be fun," VanGorder said of playing for his dad. "I've always been around him at work."

Brian VanGorder was previously the defensive coordinator at Auburn and was an assistant for the Atlanta Falcons.

"(Montgomery) has grown up around big-time football," Buford head coach Jess Simpson said. "At the end of the day, he wanted to have that kind of college experience. He wants to be a coach and get that experience at a high level."

VanGorder split time at quarterback with Taylor Mitchell the last two seasons, helping the Wolves win Class AAA state titles. As a senior he threw for 786 yards and nine touchdowns, while completing 67 percent of his passes.