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THE WINNER: Will Grier
School: Davidson Day School (Davidson, N.C.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Patriots (11-2) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state title this season. A returning MaxPreps All-American, Grier threw for state-record totals of 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns against just six interceptions, completing 324-of-414 passes (78 percent). He also rushed for 813 yards and eight touchdowns on 92 carries. In three NCISAA Division II state playoff games, Grier completed 83-of-103 attempts for 1,749 yards and 21 TDs in addition to rushing for 111 yards and three scores on 18 carries. His 834 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air in a 104-80 win over Harrells (N.C.) Christian Academy in the state semifinals set unofficial national records.
Academic excellence: Grier has maintained a 3.70 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football and basketball instructor, he has volunteered extensively on behalf of his church and at an area retirement facility.
“I think he is the best high school quarterback I’ve ever faced as a coach,” said Larry McNulty, head coach of rival Charlotte (N.C.) Latin since 1985. “He’s going to go to pretty much any college he wants. He’s that talented. He’s a very, very, very good high school player and a quality young man. That whole program revolves around Will Grier.”
THE FUTURE: Grier will begin his senior year of high school next fall.