Derek Dooley apparently just needed some time to think about it.
Tennessee's head coach called and offered a scholarship to Davidson Day (N.C.) quarterback Will Grier as the quarterback was driving home after Tuesday's camp on the Vols' campus. Dooley and Grier met after Wednesday's camp but the Vols' head man didn't offer immediately. Now, with a Tennessee offer, Grier has five scholarship offers to consider.
“The thing that stands out is the amazing facilities and they’re building new ones,” the 2014 prospect said when asked what he liked about the visit. “They are building a brand new facility that we got to see the plans for. It's amazing.”
Grier also has scholarship offers from East Carolina, Florida, North Carolina and Wake Forest. The Vols are recruiting Grier despite landing a top-flight quarterback in the 2013 class, Riley Ferguson from Matthews (N.C.) Butler. The four-star prospect committed to Tennessee in June.
“Nah, I love competition,” Grier said when asked whether Ferguson's commitment could affect his decision. “He's a great player. If he beats me out, he beats me out, but that wouldn't stop me from going to a school ... If I have an opportunity to play and the coaches want me, I'm going to go compete and we'll see.”
Ferguson and Grier have competed before. Grier held his own against the Tennessee commitment, as well as Georgia commitment Brice Ramsey during a Nike Football Training Camp in May in Charlotte, N.C.
“I've always been hyper-competitive,” the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Grier said. “I see guys that I think are better than me and I go try to beat them out. That's just how I am. They're older, bigger. I just don't care. I'm a competitive guy who competes to win. I made sure I was beside Riley and Bryce in all those drills. It just pushed me to get better and motivated me to be better.”
Grier said he wants to play his college football in the Southeast, but not necessarily near his home.