"Coach Elrod said he was extremely impressed with my athleticism. We got along very well. During one-on-ones he talked to me about consistency with my footwork and the importance of communicating with your receivers."
During his busy summer, Grier received offers from East Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee, in that order. He also says that Duke, N.C. State, and South Carolina are "very interested" after his showing at the camps. Now, Grier says, he's ready to begin his junior season.
"I'm not doing anymore college stuff now," he said. "My focus is on the season. We're trying to repeat as state champions. I may go to some games on Saturday but I'm going to wait to do more with recruiting until after the season."
Although Grier says he's "not a big stat guy", he put up big numbers during his incredible sophomore season. He threw for 3785 yards and 49 touchdowns and rushed for 925 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Patriots who went on to win North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state championship in 2011. In the championship game against Trinity Christian, he was 25 for 40 passing for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-26 victory.
"I just want to win," Grier said. "I have a winner's mentality. I'm always trying to push myself and my teammates to do better. In the off-season, I feel like I've gotten bigger, faster, and stronger, but I'm come a long way on the mental aspect of the [quarterback] position. I'm breakdown the defense, going through my reads, and staying poised and confident in the pocket to make the right throw."
Grier has a nice pair of senior receivers to throw to in Evan Gates and Jordan Young and a defense featuring juniors Michael Stevens, Jordan Brown, and Lamar Briggs. Grier's father, Chad, who played at East Carolina, is the Patriot's head coach. The team's first game is August 17th against Harrells Christian Academy.