Ex-Florida QB Will Grier: Nobody recruited me harder than Urban Meyer
We all know that Urban Meyer loves his quarterbacks.
When he sees one he likes in the recruiting process, he becomes fixated on them. Rarely, if ever, does Meyer not get his guy.
But apparently Meyer struck out on college football’s most controversial transfer last year.
Florida quarterback Will Grier quickly became a household name when he led Florida to a blistering start as a redshirt freshman. But Grier was suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, which led to him transferring from Florida.
As written in this insightful piece by Grier (through Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes), he had a lot of suitors. Meyer was at the top of the list. There was rumored to be a connection there.
Apparently Meyer put on the full-court press:
“So when I was looking at other schools, I wanted to find a coach who wanted me. Urban Meyer probably recruited me the hardest, and Oregon did, too.”
Grier ended up picking West Virginia because of the proximity to home and because of their leniency with the possibility of him remaining suspended in the start of 2017 (he’s sitting out 2016 because of transfer rules and is suspended for the first six games of 2017).
Rare it is to hear about Meyer missing out on a quarterback target. Perhaps the suspension lasting into 2017 had something to do with why Grier didn’t come to Columbus.
For whatever its worth, Meyer landed commitments from his top 2016 (Dwayne Haskins) and 2017 (Tate Martell) quarterback targets. One of them could be the replacement for J.T. Barrett when his time in Columbus is done.
Who knows how close Meyer got to landing a high-profile successor.