Former Florida QB Will Grier will transfer to WVU per multiple sources. Grier will have to sit out the 2016 season per NCAA transfer rules. However, it is not that simple for the former Gator.
As of now Grier will have to sit out the first six games of the 2017 to serve out the remainder of his NCAA suspension from his time at Florida. WVU will presumably try to appeal that suspension, something Florida was unsuccessful at accomplishing. However, BGS is told the WVU staff is optimistic about getting the NCAA to waive the remainder of the suspension based in part due to him sitting out the 2016 season.
If WVU is successful in overturning the remainder of the suspension Grier will be eligible for the Mountaineers 2017 season opener as a redshirt Junior giving the 6’2 200 lb QB two years to play two.
Grier was the third ranked dual threat quarterback coming out of high school in the 2014 recruiting class. He was also an Elite 11 selection.
Grier was suspended midway through the 2015 season at Florida where he was starting as a redshirt freshman. The suspension was reportedly for a NCAA violation pertaining to Grier taking an OTC (over the counter) supplement that was banned by the NCAA.
CBS reported in early 2015 that Florida had appealed the 12 month suspension but was denied by the NCAA.
Official release from WVU:
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 6, 2016) – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced that quarterback Will Grier has transferred from Florida, signed a grant-in-aid and will enroll at WVU in May 2016. He will sit out the 2016 season to complete NCAA transfer eligibility requirements and will have two years of eligibility remaining (2/2).
Will Grier, QB, 6-2, 201, r-So., Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day/Florida
2015: Played in six games and started five for Florida … completed 106-of-161 passes for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions … long completion of 77 yards … season-high 283 yards against Tennessee … threw for 200 or more yards in three games and 250 or more yards in two … finished with 20 or more completions in three games … completed multiple touchdowns in four games … had 36 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 38 yards … threw for 271 yards on 24-of-29 passing and four touchdowns in win against Ole Miss … completed 20-of-33 passes for 208 yards against Missouri … had 283 yards on 23-of-42 passing and two touchdown against Tennessee with a long of 63 yards.
2014: Did not see any game action and redshirted … enrolled in January.
High School: Named the Parade National Player of the Year, Maxwell Player of the Year and Tom Lemming Offensive Player of the Year … named Mr. Football USA as the nation’s top high school player, as selected by a five-member panel of StudentSports.com football experts … 247 Sports First Team All-American and MaxPreps First Team All-American … was a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection … threw for 109 yards on 4-of-8 passing in the Army Bowl, including a 51-yard pass that resulted in the longest play of the game … completed 32-of-42 passes for a season-high 599 passing yards and seven touchdowns en route to an NCISAA Division II state title over Harrells Christian Academy … totaled 4,989 yards with a national-best 77 touchdowns in his senior year … rushed for 1,251 yards with 13 touchdowns in 2013 … in his career, he totaled 14,565 yards and a state-record 195 touchdown passes … his 14,565 passing yards are second in North Carolina state history behind former UF quarterback Chris Leak … also had 2,955 career rushing yards and 31 rushing scores … was the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year as a junior and senior … set a national record for single-game passing yardage as a junior in 2012 with a 837-yard, 10-touchdown performance against Harrells Christian in the playoffs … coached by father and former East Carolina standout quarterback Chad Grier.
Grier’s Passing Statistics
Year GP Comp. Att. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long
2015 6 106 161 1,204 .658 10 3 77