Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have made it a priority to sign at least one quarterback in each recruiting class. Forced to accept a fallback option for 2013, the Gators received word Wednesday that the centerpiece of their 2014 class is now in the fold as four-star signal caller Will Grier (Davidson, NC) officially committed to play for Florida.
“I am committed to the university of Florida!! If you ain’t a gator your gator bait!! #Gators #chompchomp #SWAMPLIFE,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account. (He also sent out this picture in a subsequent tweet.)
A dual-threat passer with a powerful arm and 4.8-second speed, Grier is the Gators’ top choice at his position and is seen by the coaching staff as an indispensable piece of its puzzle. He chose Florida over N.C. State, Tennessee and North Carolina, which also made him a top priority.
Grier had an outstanding junior season for Davidson Day High School, completing 78.3 percent of his passes for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also averaged 8.8 yards per carry and racked up 813 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground but did cough up five fumbles.
“He’s a dual-threat and can move, but I think he’s excellent in the pocket and will only need to run when rushed in college,” said Rivals recruiting analyst Mark Farrell of Grier. “He’s comfortable setting up and throwing unlike some other quarterbacks who put up impressive rushing stats in high school.”
In a playoff game against Harrells Christian Academy on Nov. 9, he put together the best game of his career and one of the most dominant high school football performances in history, completing 83.3 percent of his passes for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns and also carrying the ball six times for 45 yards and two more scores.
Though the record-setting yardage mark is unlikely to be recognized statewide or nationally, it did help him win Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year for North Carolina. He also led his high school team to an 11-2 record and a second-straight state championship.
The third member of the Gators’ 2014 class – joining four-star wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, FL) and four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, FL) – Grier will spend the next year recruiting other top offensive playmakers and trying to convince them to join him at Florida.
By the time he suits up for the Gators, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett will be entering their senior seasons, should either or both remain with the team that long.