Will Grier: 4-Star QB High on Florida Gators but Are They Really His Best Bet?
Shouldn't every quarterback aspire to follow in the steps of Tim Tebow and become the next great Florida Gators field general?
Grier was the first quarterback the Gators offered in the 2014 class following his performance at their summer camp in June. He expanded his thoughts on the Florida program early and why the Gators have his attention.
“Florida is an amazing university, it’s a powerhouse in the SEC and it’s a great location and kind of where I want to be. There are a lot of schools in the United States of America obviously, and Florida is one of those schools I can kind of see myself at. I just think as a whole between the coaching staff, academics and from what I’ve seen so far, I want to go see more, but from what I’ve seen so far it seems like a great fit."
Grier did state in Stampini's article that he doesn't have a leader for his commitment, but there's no questioning the fact that the quarterback is high on Florida.
Should he be though?
Some would say that answer to my question is a hands-down yes, but the honest truth is that Florida is not where they once were as far as being a national football power. Tebow went to the NFL, Urban Meyer "retired" and is now coaching Ohio State, and the Gators are left rebuilding.
The retort to that statement is that new head coach Will Muschamp should be capable of leading a rebuild, and the prestige and history of the program will always be a draw. As of right now, Florida is also the biggest program that has made an offer to him, and if it remains that way, the Gators should be a very appealing option.
There is one factor that Grier should take a good, long look at though, and that's the numbers game, with the number specifically in question being playing time. No player worth their salt, let alone a quarterback, is going to go someplace where they won't be able to get on the field, so playing time has to be a huge factor in this debate.
One look at Florida's roster would alert Grier to the fact that the Gators currently have seven quarterbacks listed. Sophomore Jeff Driskel appears to be the main guy at the helm, followed by fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett. The Gators also have Junior Ryan Parrish, sophomore Tyler Murphy and count 'em, three freshman quarterbacks on the roster.
This is not even counting 3-star quarterback Max Staver who Muschamp has lined up to commit to his 2013 class.
There's a lot that factors into the decision of where you go to college, and athletics shouldn't be the only reason. But if Grier wants to have a better shot of playing big-time college football, I would suggest avoiding the program that is currently hoarding quarterbacks.
No matter how prestigious said school is, sometimes a smaller program with more playing time available is the better option.
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