Monday, March 18, 2013
Gator QB Grier commit out recruiting
By Miller Safrit
Though Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) planned to be in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend, the ESPN Watch List quarterback changed things up at the last minute to work out at the VTO Sports Prep 100 in Charlotte.
UF WR target Trevion Thompson (left) chats with Gators QB commit Will Grier.
"I just like to compete and I thought it was a great idea to come out here and see some other guys and I have five or six teammates out here I want to support," said Grier.
With potential Gator targets on the roster, including fellow Watch List member and wide receiver Trevion Thompson, Grier used the opportunity to do what he seems to do really well -- recruit.
"I'm really pushing hard for whomever the [Florida] coaches like. I talk to the guys from the 2013 class a lot, Travis Rudolph, Johnnie Dixon, Denzel Ward, just whomever they like I just try to give my name out there, give them my number, and encourage them to take a look."
"Twitter has become a big recruiting tool for coaches and guys like me. I can look somebody up and it is a great way to connect with some of these guys."
Grier is also a fan of talking with as many potential teammates in person as possible, planning to make multiple trips to Gainesville before the start of the season.
"I definitely want to go to the spring game if I can make it, but I will definitely make it to a practice soon. This summer, Friday Nights is at the end of July and that is for sure on my schedule."
Other schools are contacting Grier, and while he may be one of the biggest recruiters for the Gators, he does seem to have an understanding of what goes on in recruiting.
"I hear from Coach [Rhett] Lashlee at Auburn a little bit, and we are building a relationship, but at this point I am pretty solid with my commitment," he said, adding that the only change he could see affecting his commitment would be a coaching change.
"You never know what could happen, and some of these guys could end up in the NFL, so I am building relationships with some coaches so they don't think I am trying to ignore everybody. They know I am strong with my commitment and I am just open to conversation and open to learn."