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