With back to back state titles under his belt and most outstanding player honors in the 2014 state championship game on his resume, Mallard Creek wide receiver Vernon Grier probably thought there was no way his senior season could have ended any better. Of course, that was until a couple of weeks ago.
Grier landed an offer from NC State while on campus for a visit, and he wasted little time accepting. However, he admitted that just a few weeks prio he never imagined his college plans would take such an unexpected turn.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect this,” Grier told Pack Pride. “Like I said before, everything started rolling in pretty quick once Bo Hines decided to transfer to Yale. And once that announcement was made, that’s when they started to come at me hard.”
Headed into his trip to Raleigh Grier said he had a hunch an offer from the Pack might be on the way.
“I wasn’t necessarily surprised they offered. I knew going into that visit that they were leaning towards giving me that offer. The feeling I had inside when I got the offer- I can’t really explain it. I was so excited. I had to hold it in but it was a great experience. I enjoyed everything about the campus, the coaching staff, the team, academics. I just loved the time I was there and I can’t wait to come.”
Grier said the NC State coaching staff was equally excited when he announced his commitment.
“Everybody went nuts. Of course coach Doeren was the first to know because he asked me if I wanted to run with the Pack. They told me congratulations. We took some pictures and everybody just showed me love. Everybody was really happy about the decision I made.”
Grier will enroll at NC State on August 1st and will technically be a blueshirt. That will allow him to be counted towards the class of 2016.
As a senior, Grier (5-11, 175 pounds) totaled 76 receptions for 1,157 yards and 16 touchdowns.