To say Mallard Creek’s Vernon Grier had a story book senior season would be an understatement. The senior receiver tallied 76 receptions for 1,157 yards and 16 touchdowns while helping his team to its second consecutive state title. In that game Grier came away with most outstanding offensive player honors. And if things couldn’t get any better, Grier is now in the running for an offer from NC State.
But first, how did that senior season go?
“It went really well,” Grier told Pack Pride recently. “It couldn’t have been any better. After last season losing 38 seniors with six of them being starters we went into the season with a big question of whether Mallard Creek could win again. I was just glad that we were able to finish off 15-1 and being named the champions again.”
At 5-11, 175 pounds Grier felt he was the go to guy in 2014.
“To be honest I’m the type of guy, if the team needs a first down I’ll tell the quarterback myself that I’ll get open. Throw me the ball and I’ll get the first down. That’s one of the things that came from being a senior- I had the leeway from my offensive coordinator to tell the quarterback to look for me to get the ball to me.”
A month ago Grier had no idea that NC State could possibly fit into his college plans. That all changed with Bo Hines’ decision to transfer to Yale.
“It started real heavy after Bo Hines announced he was transferring. I’ve talked to coach Faulkner and also coach Doeren at one point. Coach Faulkner was telling me how they’re evaluating me and a couple other receivers. He was saying that he loves my film and he thinks I’m a guy that can make it happen on the offensive side of the ball and special teams.
“Coach Doeren just told me the same thing. He said they’re going to keep evaluating me and make a decision (on an offer) as soon as possible. We have an official visit set up for Jan 16. I’m excited about that.”
Should the Pack decide to extend an offer, Grier knows he has a former teammate he can lean on.
“Jaylen (Samuels), we go back to last year. He’s actually been great teammate and friend. We talk a lot. He told me NC State is a great place to be with great teammates, great coaches. If I’m fortunate enough to come up then Jaylen would be a guy that I can go to if I have any questions. He’s just a great guy.”
And if NC State does extend an offer, what would Grier’s reaction be?
“If NC State offers I would definitely commit. I’d be a Wolfpacker for sure.”