Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A few final thoughts on Davidson Day QB Will Grier's record-breaking season

Davidson Day’s Will Grier finished his junior season with 5,609 yards passing. No N.C. quarterback has ever thrown for as many. No N.C. quarterback has ever thrown for 68 touchdown passes like Grier did, either.


Nationally, only three QBs have thrown for more yards in one year, and only three have thrown for more touchdowns. Grier’s records might not be entered into the national or N.C. High School Athletic Association state record books because he plays for a private school.

There’s also a push to discredit him for the competition he plays against. I’ve seen public school athletes run up incredible numbers against worse competition and their records are proudly listed in the record books. But I’d also love to see what Grier could do playing for, say, Butler, against, say, Mallard Creek – or vice versa. I’d love to see him play at a big private school, like Charlotte Latin where his father played, playing against the stiff competition the Hawks face.

But he’s at the school his family has chosen for him, and all I can tell you about him is that I think he’s the real thing. His multiple BCS college offers prove it, and I’ve had three high school coaches tell me – this year – that he’s among the best they’ve ever seen.

Friday night, after Grier’s 315-yard, four-touchdown performance in a state final win at Arden’s Christ School, Christ School coach Mark Monroe had this to say about Grier:

“I’ve been coaching for a long time, and he’s the best quarterback I’ve seen.”


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/11/17/3672498/palmieris-prediction-comes-true.html#storylink=cpy

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

As long as he and his parents are fine with winning the NIT championship, there is not an issue with it I guess. Personally, I think it will hurt him at the next level, but that's their choice. Looks like they are happy to just get there, which is an accomplishment.

CommonCents said...

I too think he is the real deal. My daughter went to school with him at SLCA and said he was a very nice young man. We wish him the best and if you have seen him play, he looks like a man among the boys.
I also saw Nick Maddox play at AL Brown and thought he would lead the nation in rushing at FL State. He struggled with faster competition once he got there, so hopefully that will not happen to Will. Hopefully he also does not get injured next year.

Anonymous said...

He went up against Providence Day and Coutnry Day and got stopped cold

Anonymous said...

Some private schools can compete and when he played Providence Day they stopped him. Yes he is probally a good smart QB, but a Phenon D-1 i dont buy. Put Riley Ferguson in his offense and competition and you would see similar results.

Anonymous said...

His 2 game totals against Providence Day and Country Day were 45 of 66 (68% completion percentage) for 553 yards, 4 TDs and 1 Int. He also rushed for a combined 149 yards. Sure his team lost, but I would hardly say they stopped him cold

Anonymous said...

For those skeptics who want to take every opportunity to mock the success this young man I say “walk in his shoes and see if you can perform at the same level”. I have had the opportunity to not only see Will Grier grow to be the fine young man he is today, but also have had the opportunity to both coach with and against young Mr. Grier. Not only is he an outstanding football player but he is also an accomplished baseball and basketball talent.

Though he may not play on such teams as Butler and Mallard Creek he has shown that he is an extremely gifted man who I have no doubt will exceed at the next level. Will’s accomplishments SHOULD be included in the sports records and not discounted for the fact that he attends a private school that his opponents are from schools that may not have the same talent. Will has shown by virtue of playing teams like Providence Day and Country Day that he can play against larger more competitive schools.

At one point in time Charlotte Catholic was considered a second tier school since it was a small private institution playing same class schools. But look what they have accomplished in the last decade or so. Will Grier is the stepping stone of building a good solid football program at Davidson Day and his accomplishments are a testimony to his love and appreciation of the game of football. His talents and achievements, in my opinion are to be acknowledged at the state and national levels. Will, keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you playing on Saturdays in the very near future and on Sunday’s after that.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Will Grier will be a star at the next level. He is as fine a young man off the field as he is on the field. I'm glad that his parents are concerned not only about his athletic achievement but his academic environment as well. Private school provides an environment that allows young people to receive the best education possible without the distractions of the typical day to day bs associated with cms. Most of the critics that post after the numerous articles written about him and his school have never seen him play a down. If they did they would quickly realize how special of a player he is. I've been around a long time,and like most of the coaches his team has played comment,he is one of the,if not the best qb to come out of this area in a long,long time. It's too bad that these uninformed posters don't realize this gift. The truth is they don't want to because the hate and jealousy of his success gets the best of them. People obviously can't read between the lines when Langston writes and article and states that he would love to see what Grier would do at Butler or Mallard Creek. He's saying that he would love to see Grier throwing to a Marquez North. Then,he would be a hero to these jealous idiots. Grier to north would have resulted in multiple 4 and 500 yard games. Yes,give Grier an average 300 lb offensive line in a 4a public school and then you would see even more astounding numbers. I watched Chris leak for 3 years. He was a great hs qb. He racked up tons of yards throwing bombs downfield for his receivers to run under. Watch Grier throw to multiple receivers in a variety of timing patters and you can really understand how intelligent he is. He's got a cannon for an arm and he very rarely misses. People don't want to believe how good he is and how lucky we are to have him playing in this area,no matter what school,and that is too bad. Make no doubt about this. He would start at any public school in Charlotte. That includes Butler and Mallard creek and I promise he would have put up very similar numbers. If you want to argue with that email a coach. Any coach. Then remember that nick Saban,Brian Kelly,will muschamp,mark richt,dabo Sweeney,Steve spurrier,Larry fedora,David cut cliff,David Dooley,les miles,and the list goes on don't come personally visit with kids that they don't think can play. Peyton and ely manning played at a small private school in new Orleans. I wonder if they endured the same type of bs that Grier and company receives from the Charlotte area hate group that I'm assuming resides in the lake Norman area. And to the haters that think they pass the ball so Grier can get his stats...they pass the ball. It's what they do. It's what they've always done and will continue to do. The most attemptsbthis year was 36 attempts. Connor Mitch,4a qb from Raleigh (Wakefield) set a state record this year for yardage in agame (667) before griernshattered that. He had 67 attempts. It's a lot of fun to watch. I've seen several games. You should do yourself a favor and attend a game. Then maybe you will change your mind and start posting more positive messages wishing he was playingnatbyour school. After most articles written about Grier you'll notice he always clarifies that stats don't matter,wins do. Seems the stat wars are created by the jealous haters that continue to post week after week and a very committed group I might add. Guess what,it's not going to change, get a new gripe and take it somewhere else. Complain that there is not a 4a public schoolmquarterbackmthat could get the top recruit in nc (Marquez north) the ball. Complain that Riley ferguson has too many tattoos . Find something else to talk about because you will eat those words in the very near future when this kids is a super star at the next level. You will wish younwouldmhave watched him play in person before he's gone.

Anonymous said...

You would not see the same results with Riley ferguson. No way he would understand the play book. Take that stupid comparison somewhere else. Thats not even close. And dumb.

Anonymous said...

I would give credit to the pd and country day defensive coordinators. And by the way,following both game she two hall of fame coaches commented that Grier was the best quarterback they had ever seen.