"Just strictly as a quarterback, Will is very athletic and can make plays with his feet," Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said. "But the impressive thing about Will is his age and the stage of his development of his career. He's very cerebral quarterback. He processes a lot of information quickly. He makes good decisions. He takes care of the ball. Being the athlete that he is, he makes all the plays. He makes all the throws and if things break down, he can make things happen with his feet. Truly, he makes me a much better coach than I probably really am."
Davidson Day, which started its football program in 2010, couldn't have ended its first varsity season in 2011 much better. Last fall, it went 11-1 and won the NCSIAA Division III State Championship.
Although it features several playmakers on both sides of the ball, much of Davidson Day's success has to be credited to Grier's play within its pro-style spread offense.
"It all kind of goes through him," Coach Grier said.
Grier ended his sophomore year with 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns passing and 925 yards and 11 scores rushing.
A couple of weekends back, Grier received a scholarship offer from UNC.
"A coach came to my school and told my dad that he wanted to see me at camp," Grier said. "It was one of the schools I was interested in, so I went out to camp. I performed alright. After the camp, Coach [Blake] Anderson took me up to the players' lounge, toured me around a little bit and said I had an offer here if or when I decided to come. They want me back for a game to visit."
In total, four schools have offered Grier. Rounding out his offer list are East Carolina, Florida, and Wake Forest.
Grier has visited all four offering schools. He hopes to also visit Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia by the end of the summer.
"I'm interested in some more schools," Grier said. "I want to see as many schools as I can as much as possible to make the right decision. But for right now for this summer, those [four schools] are the rest of them."
Ideally, Grier said he will stick with the trend for quarterbacks and make a verbal commitment early. But he won't rush the decision.
"I want it to be early, but it has to be perfect," Grier said. "That's the school I have to commit everything to and I have to be ready to do that. I want it to be early, because I'm the type of guy that's going to recruit other guys. I want to build a class to be the best it can be. But I want everything to be perfect – I want it to be early, but if it takes until Signing Day that's how long it's going to take."
With recruiting trips remaining on the docket, Grier doesn't have a clear cut leader.
"The ones sticking out are the four that have offered me," Grier said. "Those are my top four, right now. Those are the four that have liked me enough to commit to me, so that's my top four. Those are the schools I'm learning more about and doing my homework on."
Specially, Grier's research of UNC has yielded positive findings.
"First off, it's an in-state school," Grier said. "It is obviously very good academically, which is something I value. And it's not a very far drive – it's right in my backyard... It's just a cool place – I like the coaches, it has great facilities. And it's a [football program] I think is growing – it's been known for basketball but with this coaching staff it's going to start building a reputation in football."
Grier's father and head coach, Chad, finished his collegiate football career as a quarterback at East Carolina. He began as a freshman starter at Richmond… Grier's grandparents are UNC alumni and still reside in Chapel Hill… In addition to football, Grier plays baseball and basketball at Davidson Day. However, he says he'll likely drop one or both sports during his junior year.