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    Treon Harris flipped his commitment from Florida State to Florida on National Signing Day.

    Washington (Miami) dual-threat quarterback and playmaker Treon Harris, who led his team to a MaxPreps national championship, has flipped from Florida State to Florida.

    The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder had committed to the Seminoles way back in July, but according to several sources has committed to state rival Florida.

    Head to the MaxPreps Signing Day Home for the latest updates, highlights and interviews


    One of the biggest unspoken rules in recruiting is that quarterbacks don't flip. Especially at the last moment.

    Most programs recruit only one quarterback per season and if that one bails, a hole at that one key spot is made.

    There's plenty of chatter that Harris will not play quarterback because of his lack of height, but his wish is definitely to play the position. Thanks to Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, signal-callers south of 6-feet are no longer immediately ruled out.

    Harris is reportedly attracted to Florida changing its offense with new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. The offense supposedly is similar to one used at Washington.

    The tricky part here is that Florida already has landed Will Grier, a five-star quarterback from Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) already enrolled at the school.

    In his three-year varsity career, Harris passed for 5,894 yards and 75 touchdowns and rushed for 2,344 yards and 42 more scores.
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    Will Grier...or Captain America?

    When Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) took the field against Providence Day on Saturday, it debuted perhaps the most the patriotic high school football uniforms ever.

    Head coach Chad Grier's squad donned white uniforms with stars on the right shoulder pad and red and white stripes on the left shoulder pad.

    According to Grier, the team originally planned to introduce the uniforms as a late-season surprise, but weather conditions dictated an early launch.

    "Playing on turf at 4 p.m. this time of year we knew would be hot and the uniforms are very lightweight," Grier told MaxPreps. "Plus we thought they looked awesome and it was going to be hard to leave them in the box until October."

    The uniforms proved to be perhaps a good luck charm. Davidson Day rolled to its third-straight win behind six touchdowns from Will Grier, the coach's son, a Florida commit.

    Check out the full photo gallery of the game here.
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    Will Grier, Davidson Day

    One week after Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) quarterback Will Grier threw seven touchdown passes in a game against Abermarle, he outdid himself.

    Against North Raleigh Christian Academy Friday night, Grier threw for seven touchdown passes in the first half of Davidson Day's blowout victory.

    The Florida-bound Grier, who threw 69 touchdowns last year as a junior, lit up the stat sheet once more.

    According to Grier's father and Davidson Day head coach Chad Grier, the younger Grier did not play at all in the second half.

    In six quarters of action this season, Grier has thrown for 14 touchdowns and rushed for another score.

    Though it's only August, Grier has positioned himself as the favorite to capture MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors.


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    Eddie Vanderdoes was one of the stars of the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The roster for the 2014 bowl will be chosen by 247Sports.

    247Sports and All-American Games announced a partnership today that will have 247Sports selecting the participants for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    The event, which is held annually in San Antonio, has featured numerous future college and NFL stars through the years including Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck.

    "The Army All-American Bowl is the premier event in football recruiting," Shannon Terry, founder and CEO of 247Sports, said in a release. "It is an honor for us to be involved with such a prestigious and iconic event, and we look forward to doing our part to continue its great history and tradition."

    The all-star game itself is the culmination of a full week of community activities and experiences for the players, including getting to spend time with soldiers from around the country.

    The game is televised on NBC, giving college football fans a glimpse at the top incoming freshmen in the country.

    Previously, Rivals.com was responsible for the selection of players for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. However, in February, Rivals.com agreed to a deal with Under Armour to become the official selection partner for the Under Armour All-American Game, which competes with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl for players.

    In recent years, several other All-American games have formed, including the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, the NUC All-American Game and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

    The U.S. Army All-American Bowl already has commitments from several top recruits, including quarterback Will Grier, running back Elijah Hood and defensive lineman Malik McDowell, all three of whom earned MaxPreps Junior All-American honors in the fall.

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    Hoza Scott is an early commit to Texas A&M.

    With National Signing Day 2013 slowing down, here's a look ahead to some of the nation's top recruiting classes early on for the Class of 2014.

    1. Texas A&M
    Top recruit: LB Hoza Scott

    2. Florida State
    Top recruit: RB Joseph Yearby

    3. Florida
    Top recruit: QB Will Grier

    4. Clemson

    Top recruit: QB Deshaun Watson

    5. Notre Dame
    Top recruit: DL/OL Jay Hayes

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  • Will Grier, one of the nation's premier junior quarterbacks, announced today that he has committed to the University of Florida.

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    Will Grier, Davidson Day

    His father/coach, Chad Grier, said Will also considered Tennessee, North Carolina State, Oregon and North Carolina, with North Carolina being his No. 2 choice. Coaching changes eliminated Tennessee and North Carolina State, while Oregon was just too far from home.

    The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder set numerous records this fall while leading Davidson Day (N.C.) to its second-consecutive NCSIAA state championship. He earned Gatorade North Carolina Player of Year honors by completing 324 of 414 passes for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also ran 95 times for another 813 yards and eight touchdowns.

    His most spectacular night came during a 104-80 state semifinal victory over Harrells Christian (N.C.) during which he threw for a national-record 774 yards and 11 touchdowns. The records were not accepted by the state public school association, which has to clear records before being accepted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

    As a sophomore he passed for 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns and ran 97 times for 925 yards and 11 touchdowns.

    Chad Grier noted, "Will is a fierce competitor and he is excited about the opportunity to help Florida win national championships."

    Will, who will play baseball in the spring, plans to attend the Under Armour Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 4, the 58th annual Columbus, Ohio, Touchdown Club awards banquet in February, plus the Manning Quarterback Academy and Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in the summer. He plans to graduate in January, 2014 and participate in spring football at Florida.

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    Will Grier, Davidson day

    Junior quarterback Will Grier put an exclamation point on a fabulous season by passing Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) to a 54-38 victory over previously unbeaten Christ School (Arden) for its second-straight North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association Division II state title.

    The Patriots have played varsity football for just two years (22-3 record) and will return 15 starters.

    The 6-foot-3, 192-pounder completed 24 of 33 passes for 491 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed his junior year with 324 completions in 414 attempts for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns (which is three over the listed state record of 66), six interceptions and 11 2-point conversions. He also ran 95 times for 813 yards, eight touchdowns and six 2-point conversions.

    Will's father/coach, Chad Grier, told MaxPreps, "Strictly as a coach he is a special player. I don't care what his last name is. He just makes play after play. He has such great mastery of the position and is seriously competitive. Their coach (Mark Moroz) is a former recruiting coordinator at Wake Forest and he said Will is the best he's ever seen."

    Will connected with six different receivers in the title game. Jordan Brown caught 10 passes for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns, in addition to running six times for 74 yards and one touchdown. Aaron Seward snared four for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

    During the year, Seward had 67 catches for 1,844 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Brown had 62 catches for 1,150 yards and 16 touchdowns. Brown also ran for 589 yards and a dozen touchdowns. Jordan Young also went over 1,000 receiving yards (65 receptions for 1,007 and nine touchdowns). In just 10 games, Evan Gates caught 74 passes for 953 yards and eight touchdowns.

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  • From ecstasy to gloom.

    Last Friday, junior quarterback Will Grier surpassed the national record by passing for a phenomenal 837 yards as Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) outlasted Harrells Christian (Harrells, N.C.) 104-80 in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state semifinals.

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    Will Grier, Davidson Day

    This week, however, it was revealed that his record will likely never be recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Associate director John Gillis told MaxPreps today that records are only listed in the national book if a member state accepts them, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association does not recognize any efforts recorded by a member of the NCISAA.

    Gillis stressed, "Our position always is that the final word is with the state association member. We can't overrule it."

    Rick Strunk, who is an NCHSAA associate commissioner, affirmed that the record could not count because Davidson Day is not a member of his association. He explained that he would have to sign a form that states the game was played "by our rules and regulations" and he can not confirm that.

    Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said, "I didn't know that, but I've never been chasing records. It is what it is. The keeper of records in North Carolina is a public school guy. It doesn't seem right in this day and age. People certainly know what happened. The game speaks for itself."

    NCISAA Executive Director Chuck Carter said his association represents 86 high schools and has a history going back almost 40 years. He noted that North Carolina has a third organization, the North Carolina Christian Schools Athletic Association. Each keeps its own records.

    But what is an actual state record since they all play in North Carolina?

    Davidson Day will be playing unbeaten Christ School (Asheville, N.C.) on Friday for the NCISAA championship.

    Despite the distraction Chad Grier, who is Will's father, said, "I haven't had one single conversation this week with Will or my team (about the record). I'll still be able to tell my grandkids some day that their dad did something cool."
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    Will Grier, Davidson Day

    The story of Will Grier's 837-yard, 10-touchdown performance went viral over the weekend, as Grier shattered the national single-game passing record in a 104-80 victory for Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.).

    Now we can see how Grier did it: with a flurry of impressive passes and plenty of help from his receivers.

    Grier's most notable touchdown came on a perfectly executed hook-and-ladder play that resulted in a 50-yard touchdown after some beautiful moves by the second receiver.

    Of course, having put up 80 points in the game, the Harrells Christian (Harrells, N.C.) offense didn't fare too poorly either.

    The box score for the game can be found here. Check out the highlights below.

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  • Updated, Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.
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    Most football teams have to decide at one point whether it prefers to attack by run or pass. Friday's contest between Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) and Harrells Christian Academy (Harrells, N.C.) showed us one thing: either method can prove lethal.

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    Will Grier, Davidson Day

    Will Grier threw for a national record 837 yards and 10  touchdowns as Davidson Day's air attack defeated Harrells Christian's ground game 104-80.

    Originally reported Friday night by Lake Norman Citizen sports editor Justin Parker that Grier threw for 774 yards and 11 touchdowns, the Davidson Day staff went back through tape Saturday morning and came up with these numbers for Grier: 35-of-42 for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

    The numbers are all unofficial, but if they stand up, Grier will have shattered the previous national mark of 764 set in 2000 by Pacific Palisades quarterback David Koral.

    More numbers added up Saturday morning revealed 1,623 total yards - the NFHS record book doesn't record total offense between two teams in one game - but Davidson Day's 924 yards is second most in prep history. The record is 937 set by Bay St. Louis St. Stanislaus in 2012. Davidson Day became just the third team ever to pile up more than 900 yards.

    Harrells Christian finished with 699 yards.

    As far as the final score, that's not a misprint. Harrells Christian put up 80 points — and lost by three touchdowns and a field goal. Four NBA games Friday featured less than the 184 points piled up by these North Carolina high school football rivals. 

    According to Parker, the teams combined for more than 1,600 yards of total offense. Once those are ironed out, that too is likely a national record.

    Harrells Christian senior running back Russell Washington ran for seven touchdowns, including runs of 40 and 55 yards.

    While astonishing, the pinball score and almost preposterous statistics didn't come as a total surprise.

    Harrells Christian entered the game boasting one of the best running attacks in the country, averaging 531.9 rushing yards per game. Davidson Day came in averaging 408.9 yards through the air and 135 on the ground.

    Washington had piled up almost 2,500 yards before the game with 38 touchdowns, while teammates Kelly Nelms and Channing Kelly, both juniors, had each rushed for over 1,200.

    Grier, who has a weekly reservation in our MaxPreps National Stat Stars list, came into the game with nearly 4,500 passing yards, 54 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

    Something had to give — but it was probably the scoreboard operator's fingers.

    Davidson Day was in control from the start, taking a 54-36 lead at halftime.

    Grier completed a 99-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Seward in the first quarter. Nelms ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth for Harrells Christian.

    Davidson Day improved to 10-2 while Harrells Christian fell to 9-3. This is the second time these teams have met this season, with Davidson Day taking a modest 46-29 victory in Week 1.

    On Friday, each team more than doubled its total from the previous game. Take a look at the Qwixcore game log to see all the scoring — just make sure you don't have to be anywhere for a while.

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