In 2015, Will Grier started the first six games for the Florida Gators, producing over 1200 yards in the air and throwing 10 touchdowns against only 3 interceptions. After testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), which Grier claims is the result of an over-the-counter supplement, Grier was suspended for the remaining six games of the 2015 season and the first of the 2016 season. Grier filed an appeal but was denied by the NCAA.
After being denied by the NCAA, Grier applied for a transfer from the University of Florida and will now be required to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will miss the first six games of the 2017 season. Florida has blocked Grier from transferring to any SEC school. Grier visited the Mountaineers and Morgantown, WV on Wednesday as he chooses his next school.
Will Grier was a highly recruited quarterback in 2014, rated as a four-star prospect. Grier chose the University of Florida over other schools like Auburn, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. He was rated the number 44 prospect in the 2014 ESPN Top 300.
A product of Davidson Day High School, Grier threw for nearly 5,000 yards and over 70 touchdowns while guiding his team to a 12-1 record and state title as a senior. Grier also rushed for addition 1200 yards. For his three-year high school career, Grier threw over 14,000 yards and almost 200 touchdowns. You can see his high school stats here.
Grier won the starting quarterback job over former Florida prep star Treon Harris, who was moved to wide receiver during the offseason. Grier rewarded the Florida coaches by guiding the Gators to a 6-0 record including a decisive 38-10 rout of the future Fiesta Bowl Champion Ole Miss Rebels.The Gators averaged 32 points a game with Grier throwing the ball compared to only 18.9 points per game with other quarterbacks.
West Virginia was the first of what is expected to be several schools visits for Grier. Other schools in the running for the redshirt freshman's services are rumored to be Ohio State and Miami. Grier would be eligible to play in 2017, bringing experience to the quarterback position after senior Skylar Howard graduates following the 2016 season.
Former University of Florida quarterback Will Grier, seeking a new school after deciding to transfer in December, is on WVU's campus today.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) March 2, 2016