The Florida Gators have received a very big 2014 commitment from 4-star quarterback Will Grier.
Even though he is only a junior recruit, there is a lot to be excited about in regards to his commitment if you're a Florida fan. Grier is the No. 4 ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Dave Hooker of ESPN.com reports on Grier's commitment:
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 himself also took to Twitter to announce his decision:
A lot can change between now and when this 2014 commitment can become official, but at least for now, Grier is a Gator.
Here's my complete scouting report for Florida's newest 2014 commitment:
- Name: Will Grier
- Hometown: Davidson, North Carolina
- School: Davidson Day School
- Position: Quarterback
- Height: 6'3'' (Scout.com)
- Weight: 185 lbs (Scout.com)
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.82 (Rivals.com)
- Rankings: 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (Scout.com), 4-star (Rivals), Watch List (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
Grier has a very powerful, big arm for just a junior in high school. He can heave it down the field with pinpoint accuracy and beautiful touch, and watching him throw the deep ball is an incredible sight. He puts great arc and touch on the ball, but you can still tell that there's a lot of velocity and power behind it.
As a passer, he stands tall in the backfield and displays good pocket presence. He seems to have a natural feel for pressure and he's not afraid to step up into the pocket and step into a throw.
In the pictures below you get a good look at Grier's ability as a pocket passer.
Notice at the end of his drop step how he plants his foot, which allows him to quickly move up into the pocket:
That allows him to shuffle up into the pocket and find a throwing lane. Once he finds his receiver notice how his shoulders are square, the ball is released at a high point and his weight has shifted to his front foot, which gives him power:
In the picture below you can see he has a good follow through, all the weight has shifted to the front and the ball's trajectory is such that he throws his receiver open:
As you can see in the final picture, Grier was able to put the football in a perfect spot. His receiver was able to beat the corner, and Grier got it to him far before the safety could come over and help.
Much of the success of that pass had to do with his mechanics, but it was his strong arm that got the football to that spot before the safety could come over.
If I keep coming back to arm strength, it's because Grier's is incredible.
He's able to set his feet and throw, but he also has the uncanny ability to just flick his arm and throw on the run. A lot of that comes back to his footwork and his ability to quickly gather, plant and throw.
He also has the speed, agility and athleticism to run with the ball, whether it be intentionally or when the pocket breaks down. He's a straight forward runner who displays good power and straight-line speed, but he's also an elusive runner with good vision and control. His ability to throw on the run and be mobile is a huge asset.
The one real glaring negative that I could find in Grier's game is that when he runs to the left, he doesn't switch the football to his outside hand.
He may be able to get away with that in high school, but in the SEC that football will get punched out. Grier's a quarterback first, but when he does tuck the ball and run to the left, he's going to need to learn how to switch the football to his outside arm to protect it.
Overall, Gators fans have plenty of reason to be excited about landing Grier's commitment. He's just a junior in high school and he already possesses a big-time college football-esque arm. He'll be able to throw to any spot on the field at the college level, but he also possesses the athleticism to escape the pocket and be an effective runner.
He has the intangibles to be a very good quarterback for the Florida Gators.