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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Watch List QB Will Grier talks UNC visit

By Dave Hooker

November is a busy month for Will Grier.

First, the junior quarterback from Davidson (N.C.) Day visited his in-state college, North Carolina, on Nov. 3. Then, he threw for 837 yards in a semifinal playoff game last Friday. Now, he's preparing for a state championship game.

Despite the understood importance of a possible passing record and a pending state title, the visit to see North Carolina will likely have the longest-lasting effect on Grier, an ESPN Watch List prospect. Not surprisingly, the Tar Heels under first-year head coach Larry Fedora have made Grier one of the top priorities in their 2014 class.

Will Grier
2014 quarterback Will Grier earned an offer from the Gators after participating in a camp at Florida this past summer.
"It was great to finally see the coaches in action," the 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior said. "I've talked to them a lot. They've been wanting me to go to a game for awhile and I finally worked out a weekend. It was good to finally get up there and see what they're all about.

"I had a really good time. I was really impressed with how those coaches have turned that program into a group that's really excited about playing a game. I had a really good time on the trip."

The competition will be tough for North Carolina even though Grier lives just about 130 miles from Chapel Hill. Grier has already visited three SEC schools this fall for games: South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. All are known for strong game-day atmospheres.

"I'll give North Carolina a lot of credit because they've been known as a basketball school, obviously," Grier said. "I think with the coaching staff and having some success this year, people were really excited about the game.

"I don't think it was as crazy as The Swamp [Ben Hill Griffin Stadium] in Florida or South Carolina, but I'll give them a lot of credit for being really excited about the game. I was not expecting them to be as pumped up as they were."

Grier isn't concerned about what was thought to be a record-setting performance last week not being deemed as such. Grier threw for 837 yards, which was thought to be a national record until this week.

Now, Grier isn't expected to be deemed the state or national-record holder since his school isn't affiliated with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer.

Grier just laughed it off.

"I'm not worried about it," he said. "No big deal. I just want to win state."

He'll get that chance on Friday. If he plays anything like he did last week, he should have a good chance.

Grier completed 35-of-42 passes, which means he averaged almost 24 yards per completion. He also threw 10 touchdown passes. In his usual even-keeled way, Grier acted as if it was just another day at the office.

"That was like any other game to me," he said. "I was just playing to win. Sometimes you have to score every single time you touch the ball and that's what we had to do.

"When you get the ball a whole bunch and you go up the field a lot, yards get tallied up. It was a long game. We just made a lot of passing yards. It's not something that we ever tried to do. It just kind of happened. It's kind of crazy. At the same time, it's really cool."

Record or not, Grier is putting recruiting on hold. He's not even considering planning visits until after Friday's championship game.

"Not now," he said. "I'm focused on winning the state and next week I'll make some plans."