Thursday, December 5, 2013

Davidson Day QB Will Grier repeats as NC Gatorade player of the year

 Link to Langston Wertz Jr. column: Will Grier deserves all his accolades

CHICAGO (December 5, 2013) — In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Will Grier of Davidson Day School as its 2013-14 Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year.  Grier is the first Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Davidson Day School. 

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Grier as North Carolina’s best high school football player.  Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Grier joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).

The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, Grier led the Patriots (12-1) to a third consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship this past season. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior quarterback threw for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns on 314-of-446 passing (70.4 percent). A U.S. Army Player of the Year finalist, he also rushed for 1,252 yards and 13 touchdowns on 115 carries. In a 69-28, NCISAA Division II title-clinching win over Harrells Christian Academy, Grier completed 32 of 42 attempts for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to rushing for 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. In his three-year career, he threw for 14,559 yards and 195 touchdowns on 888-of-1,258 passing (70.5 percent) while rushing for 2,990 yards and 32 touchdowns on 307 carries.

Grier has maintained a 3.40 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Spanish Club, he has also donated his time as a youth football instructor and volunteered on behalf of a youth literacy-outreach program as well as the Pop Warner Challenger Flag Football League.
“Let me make one blanket statement that will cover everything: In chatting with all the coaches around here, we all feel he’s the best high school quarterback any one of us has ever gone against—period—and I’ve been doing this since 1970,” said Larry McNulty, head coach at rival Charlotte Latin School. “If you try to stop the passing game, he’ll pull it down and run right past you, over you or through you. And if you defend the run, he’ll throw around you and over you."

Grier has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Florida beginning in the fall of 2014.

26 comments:

steve strong said...

Of course he will. We live in a football world that is basically 7 on 7. The NFL has created an offensive vacuum where all you have to do is outscore you opponents and not play defense. You see it at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and others. Those stats are inflated. He is not that good. Chris Leak did not post those types of stats.

Anonymous said...

Remember folks... he is playing Div 2 Private School football. Would he do the same against Mallard Creek, Butler, Concord, Havelock, Northern Guilford. He may be a very good QB, but it is yet to be detemined if this translates to the next, next Level (meaning Public School, then College). I am concern with his durability... I have seen him several times at camps, he throws well, usually to his own recievers from DD. I will give credit to his Coach/Dad... he did a fantastic job of getting him (and other DD players) in a position to succeed. Other coaches in NC Should take notes...

John Lynch said...

Yet to be determine- ha

Miss the elite 11 competition where he was highlighted among the other best QB's in the US? Will is about 20 lbs away from being a top 20 college QB in the nation as soon as next year. His upside is virtually limitless.

Bruce said...

This kid looks good in Charlotte, however the SEC will eat him alive for the next few years. Florida is now a bottom feeder losing to schools they should not be losing to. Plain and simple. He will only help Bama, LSU, USC, etc.

Anonymous said...

Will sounds like a one great guy, but he needs to prove himself against the bigger D4 schools, before they can give this award to a private school QB. DD school is not playing any competition, reporters and ranking systems, need to look at the big picture, before they give these titles out.

Anonymous said...

Yes.. I did see the Elite 11 Competition. What I did see was good arm, mostly accurate, speed average, quickness (meaning side to side) good... but what I did not see was Pads. Did they wear pads, and were crazy SEC DLineman rushing him. I did miss that part, and that is my point. Very good and Great in Private school against not so good competition with Pads on... and yes, 20 lbs will help, but does that slow him down and make him a target... he ran 4.7's plus when I saw him... and some good and bad shuttle times... 4.0 (once) more consistent around 4.4 shuttle. I wish him luck, but the hill is going to be very large... I hope he succeeds. But, with the talent in NC, we must compare apples on the field to apples on the field.

Anonymous said...

Grier is only 6'2" at most and 180, maybe unless he's picked up an inch and 20 lbs since July.

Anonymous said...

To all of the jealous,lazy,worthless wannabe something you will never be....go pound sand. Nobody cares to read your ignorant comments. Congratulations Grier on a very much deserved honor. As a former college football player I appreciated your abilities and enjoyed watching you play. McNulty said it best. The best I've ever seen. Private,4a,3a2a 1a. Best of luck at Florida. I know you will make Charlotte proud...and a bunch of losers eat their words!

Anonymous said...

Need to keep prospects like this in-state.

Anonymous said...

Really. Still have high school season ticket holders that don't believe in this kid?

Anonymous said...

Steve Strong....are you as dumb in real life as your comments would suggest?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous....so according to your logic do you dock all the top 150 participants at the opening for not wearing pads? Are they all going to get lit up for not wearing pads? His short shuttle time was 3.96. 2nd fastest at the entire camp. Get your facts straight d- bag. Did you read the article? A legendary high school coach says he and the other coaches think he is the best they've ever coached against. Did you see that? Who gives a crap about what you think. Bagules

Anonymous said...

Steve strong what does a couch salesman know about football?

Anonymous said...

Watched Grier play on several occasion and was embarrassed to be at the game. Looked like he was throwing against middle school kid at both games.

Also, watched the kid from Forestview, not sure his name, but he is far better QB than Grier.

Anonymous said...

The last post is a joke. Your smoke break is over. Back to work.

Anonymous said...

Why would you be at a forest view game? Why isn't the forest view QB an all American? Why was he not invited to the elite 11? Why was he not 2 time Gatorade player of the year? Why was he not first team all state? Why is he not a parade all American? Why did he not have 69 scholarship offers? Why were you embarrassed by a game? Why are you such an idiot? What is wrong with you uneducated people?

Anonymous said...

His name is logan Bradley and no he is not in the same ballpark as will Grier. That was a very silly comment.

Anonymous said...

Hey anonymous with the measurements...when was the last time you sat down with Grier to take his height and weight? I saw him on the scale at 198. Did he lose 30 pounds in a week? Can you answer that?

Joe said...

Looks like the same guy keeps posting over and over. Just post 1 time please

Anonymous said...

Hope he does well but he is not big enough to be running in the sec.

Don J said...

I wished he would have stayed in-state to see him play, but understand why he choose Florida being in the SEC and playing against the best in college football. I guess he didn't have the grades to go to Duke.

Anonymous said...

Johnny Manzell entered texas am at 180 pounds. Aj mcarron entered Alabama at 179. Kid is 18 years old. In case you were not aware college football programs have strength coaches. Their jobs description includes making kids bigger,stronger and faster. It is highly likely that sometime in the near future he will be big enough to run in the SEC.

Anonymous said...

Cause playing wake Forrest in front of a capacity crowd of 33,000 at wallace wade is the dream of high school all Americans.....

steve strong said...

Whomever anonymous is...All I was saying football is turning into 7 on 7. His stats are inflated. I never said he was not a good QB, but his stats are overrated. And remember, he is being coached by his father so I am sure his father has no problem jacking up his stats in order to get him noticed. Lets be real. The coach said he was the best QB to come come through. I diont think he is as good as Leak, or Mark Maye,. We live in a stats-driven world.

Anonymous said...

How are stats over rated? Stats are what they are. If you knew anything about their offense you would know it revolves around the QB and has nothing to do with the relationship. Before you go spewing on a public forum do yourself a favor and utilize the internet to discover what someone other then Langston Wertz writes about this kid. In particular Gator Nation. Shuler Bentley at Burrns has very similar yardage and TD numbers. Burns averaged 50 plus points a game. Shuler had multiple 7 plus TD games including a 9 TD game. All of those games were blowout wins. His dad is the coach. You never here any complaints about that. He's going to old dominion. I'm 100% positive you have never watched Grier play a down. Like most people that take the time to make negative comments here,you simply read the paper and assume but really have no idea. If you actually saw him play and still made comments that he's not that good then I would question your judgement. His scholarship offers and recruitment from every major college program in the country is evidence that yes,he's that good. The internet community here is obsessed with tearing this kid down and it is ashamed. In 2 years there will be a lot of folks that roam these forums who will be eating crow.

Anonymous said...

Offers, Scholarships, Talent, Future Impact, etc..... They are all subjective and we should all be able to have opinions. With the number of offers, he has been very well marketed, that is a testament to his Coach. They have him in the right places, talking to the right people and yes, his Stats (inflated or not) MATTER. They get talked up here and everywhere, dispute them, they matter. If all Coaches marketed there kids the same way, there may be a significant impact to the number of kids going "big time". Will is a great kid, have seen him at camps and on tape. He also has a heart to help his teammates, he markets them to everyone. Now His Future... it is up to him, you can be given the Opportunity, but it is what you do with it... Chris Leak was a Film Hound.. always getting better at Florida watching film. Tebow in the weight room. What will Will do? Its up to him... Good Luck.....