Wednesday, December 19, 2012
2014 QB Will Grier commits to UF
By Dave Hooker
Will Grier is letting social media and his father do the talking.
The ESPN Watch List quarterback from Davidson (N.C.) Day announced he was committed to Florida via Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. Then, his father, Chad Grier, sent an email to several media outlets.
"I am very proud to let you know that Will Grier has chosen to continue his education and football career at the University of Florida!" the email read. "Will is blessed to have this opportunity and feels so strongly about it that he is ready to commit now so he can focus on his schoolwork, improving his game and helping his team prepare for a third consecutive state championship next year."
Grier completed 324 of 414 pass attempts for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns with just six interceptions this year. He also ran for 813 yards and eight touchdowns on 95 carries. He was named the Gatorade player of the year in North Carolina.
The junior showed his emotions through his social-media accounts.
"I'm a gator!!" he said via Facebook. "My future is in Gainesville and I couldn't be happier. I can't thank my family and true friends enough for their support. I love all of you!! Go Gators!!!"
On Twitter, he said: "I am committed to the university of Florida!! If you ain't a gator your gator bait!!"
Grier's commitment is the third for the Gators 2014 class. He was also considering North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee and Oregon. Florida, however, seemed to be the leader for weeks. Grier visited Gainesville a handful of times and showed strong interest in the school. Both Griers spoke glowingly about Florida head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
"Will is a fierce competitor and he is excited about the opportunity to help Florida win national championships," stated Chad Grier, who is also the offensive coordinator for Davidson (N.C.) Day. "Will is extremely comfortable with Coach Muschamp and Coach Pease, both of whom made him feel as if he will be a big part of the Gators future."
Among other UF plusses Chad Grier cited: "great" visits to UF, its academics, its conditioning program and its place in the SEC.
"I spoke with Coach Muschamp and Coach Pease yesterday and I am very proud that Will is going to play for men who care about him as a young man and who believe in him as a player," he said.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Grier is set to enroll at Florida in January 2014.
"As his recruitment intensified this Fall, it became clear that Will was going to focus on a few schools that he felt very comfortable with academically, socially, spiritually and athletically," Chad Grier stated. "Even as more schools such as Alabama and Ohio State came to the Davidson Day campus or reached out to me as his coach during the contact period, Will was clearly focused on the schools who had recruited him early and who had made the effort to get to know him beyond film and reputation.
The elder Grier also said Oregon's distances and recent coaching changes at N.C. State and Tennessee narrowed Grier's list to two.
"It was very difficult for Will to turn down UNC as it checked many of the same boxes for him as Florida, and the allure of playing in-state really meant something to him," Chad Grier said. "In the end, Will’s competitive nature is a great fit for the opportunity to pursue SEC and National Championships at Florida. It’s a great situation for Will in that he will have the ability to compete to be a 4-year starter in the SEC, for a proven head coach, for an OC (offensive coordinator) whose system was among the most dynamic in the country at Boise State, and to do so in the incredible environment of The Swamp.
A big factor in wrapping up Grier's recruitment, which his father said he did not particularly enjoy: a recent visit to UF.
"Originally, Will was going to visit a few more schools this Spring, but after spending a long weekend on campus in Gainesville 2 weeks ago where he attended practice and the Florida team banquet, it became obvious to him that Florida was where he wanted to be."