Wednesday, December 19, 2012
QB Grier brings intangibles to UF
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators landed a commitment from arguably their top overall 2014 target as ESPN Watch List quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) gave his pledge to Florida today.
Grier, a dual-threat quarterback, chose Florida over in-state programs North Carolina and NC State, as well as Tennessee.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound signal-caller is the son of Davidson Day's coach and has all of the intangibles a team could want from a quarterback. He is a strong-armed, accurate and athletic quarterback.
As a junior Grier threw for 5,785 yards with 69 touchdowns and only six interceptions while completing 78 percent of his passes. He also rushed for another 813 yards and eight touchdowns.
Grier set a national record this season when he passed for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single game.
ESPN's Tom Luginbill evaluated video of the rising senior: "Grier is a guy who has really made strides from his sophomore year, when he was a lanky prospect with raw physical tools, to a junior campaign that saw him expand his athleticism in a run role. But more importantly he has added height and really compacted his delivery, which is now a smooth stroke that shows up on tape. This is a pocket player with deceptive dynamic athleticism to beat you with his feet when necessary and even can be called upon as a designated runner. He has a high ceiling for development, with his best football ahead of him."
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy will be seniors when Grier arrives on campus. Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett could potentially transfer, which would leave Florida with Skyler Mornhinweg and Max Staver as the only other quarterbacks on the roster if Grier were to redshirt his first year in Gainesville.
Barring injury, Grier should have every opportunity to play early in his career.
The last quarterback Florida signed from North Carolina, Chris Leak, led Florida to the 2006 national championship.