Saturday, July 27, 2013
Grier used FNL to recruit for Gators
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback commit Will Grier's top priority during Friday Night Lights was to try and persuade several uncommitted players to make the Gators their choice, too.
But the country’s third-ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect felt his verbal pitch wouldn’t be enough, so he participated in the one-night workout at Florida Field. It was his way of backing up his words.
Florida QB commit Will Grier is ranked No. 53 in the ESPN 300.
"I guess a lot of people weren’t expecting me to throw, but I didn’t want to sit on the sideline and watch," Grier said. "I think it’s important for me to come down here and compete with the other guys that are out here working hard, especially when I’m trying to recruit them and tell them to come to my school and play with me."
Grier was easily the most impressive quarterback on the field. The 6-foot-3, 181-pound Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day standout showed off his accuracy and arm strength and didn’t hold back, but it was more important to him that the guys he was recruiting just saw him throwing.
"I want to show to them that I’m willing to work hard," Grier said. "I think I’ve been blessed with some talents. When I get out there and work I can show them I can throw. I just try and sell it to them. It’s the greatest school, great place to be, and we’re going to win some championships and I don’t see where else you even want to go."
Grier’s top target was Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), whom ESPN ranks as the No. 6 receiver in the country. The Gators need help at receiver and the 6-1, 188-pound Rudolph, a former Miami commit, is one of their top candidates.
Rudolph also worked out Friday -- and when he wasn’t on the field, Grier wasn’t that far away.
"Man, I didn’t leave Travis alone all day," Grier said.