By Cliff Mehrtens

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, who led the nation in passing yards and touchdowns this season, committed to the University of Florida on Wednesday.

Grier, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior, recently narrowed his list to five schools - Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, N.C. State and Oregon.

He visited Florida two weeks ago, and spent the weekend at the Gators’ practice and the team banquet. Grier plans to graduate from Davidson Day next December, enroll at Florida in January 2014 and participate in spring practice.

Grier had planned on visiting other colleges after the holidays, but scrapped those plans when Florida became his choice.

“He has been humbled by the amount of attention he has received from colleges across the country and is very appreciative of the relationships he has established with several coaches,” said Chad Grier, Will’s father and Davidson Day’s coach. “Will is a fierce competitor and he is excited about the opportunity to help Florida win national championships.”

Grier led the Patriots (11-2) to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state championship. He passed for state-record totals of 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns, with just six interceptions, completing 324-of-414 passes (78 percent). He also rushed for 813 yards and eight touchdowns on 92 carries.

In three state playoff games, Grier completed 83-of-103 passes for 1,749 yards and 21 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 111 yards and three scores on 18 carries. His 834 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 104-80 victory against Harrells Christian in the state semifinal set national records.

Last week Grier was named the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. He also was the quarterback on the Associated Press all-state team and twice has been an NCISAA all-state pick.
“Will is extremely comfortable with (Florida) coach (Will) Muschamp and coach (Brent) Pease, both of whom made him feel as if he will be a big part of the Gators’ future,” Chad Grier said. “He has had great visits to Florida and has been most impressed by the academic reputation, the strength and conditioning staff, the culture of the program, the level of competition both within the program and within the SEC, and the projected 2013 recruiting class.

“I spoke with Coach Muschamp and Coach Pease yesterday and I am very proud that Will is going to play for men who care about him as a young man and who believe in him as a player.”