Will Grier Florida: Breaking Down What 4-Star Recruit Will Bring to Gators

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2012

(Image via 247 Sports)
(Image via 247 Sports)

Florida's football team made big news on Wednesday when 4-star recruit Will Grier announced on Twitter he was signing with the Gators:

I am committed to the university of Florida!! If you ain't a gator your gator bait!! #Gators #chompchomp #SWAMPLIFE

— Will G (@willg7533) December 19, 2012

ESPN has more on the prospect from Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina:

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback trimmed his choices to five schools before choosing the Gators over North Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina State and Oregon. 

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.

Grier famously threw for a whopping 837 yards and 10 touchdown passes in a 104-80 playoff win last month—a national record. While he won't ever have that sort of production in a game (or three) for Florida, the dual-threat quarterback brings a lot to the table for the Gators. 

He's a complete quarterback, that's for sure. He's got the ideal size, arm strength, accuracy and overall athleticism to run any scheme, and he has the added benefit of being the son of a coach (his father is the head coach at Davidson Day School).

If there is ever a strong indicator that a quarterback recruit will have a strong mental makeup and grasp for the game, it's that he is the son of a coach. 

What's even more promising for Florida is that ESPN's Tom Luginbill (via Derek Tyson of ESPN Insider) believes Grier is only getting better, noting:

This is a pocket player with deceptive dynamic athleticism to beat you with his feet when necessary and even can be called upon as a designated runner. He has a high ceiling for development, with his best football ahead of him.

I wouldn't be surprised if Grier redshirts his freshman year in 2014 and becomes the team's starter as a redshirt freshman the following season. Give this kid a year to learn in a practice environment and he should be ready to go.

This is an under-the-radar signing for Florida, but an excellent one nonetheless. Grier has the look of a player who is going to make a seamless transition to the college game.

Even if it takes him a few weeks to reach 837 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.


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