Saturday February 1, 2014Will Grier named Parade Player of the Year
University of Florida early enrollee Will Grier was named Player of the Year on Parade’s annual All-America High School Football Team, published in Sunday’s issue.
Grier, who played in high school at Davidson Day School in Davidson, N.C., threw for 195 touchdowns, including 77 his senior year, and averaged 383 passing yards a game. He finished with 14,559 total passing yards while leading his team, the Patriots, to three straight state championships.
Last month, Grier started classes at the University of Florida, where he will perform in front of the Gator faithful (the school is the alma mater of Parade All-America quarterbacks Chris Leak and Tim Tebow).
Parade recognizes 57 players in all – 13 players on offense and 13 players on defense, with 31 players receiving Honorable Mention notice. The All-America team is selected by Parade contributing editor Brian McLaughlin, who also covers recruiting for the college football site Saturday Down South. In selecting the team, he considered all-state teams, state player of the year honors, and statistics, as well as his own observations in person.
Parade has been recognizing top football talent for the past 50 years. The elite group as included 14 Heisman Trophy winners—including Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Herschel Walker, Charles Woodson, and the last two Heisman winners, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston. Manziel and Winston are part of a long line of prescientParade quarterback picks, including NFL Hall of Famers Joe Montana (class of ’73), Dan Marino, and John Elway (both from the class of ’78 a vintage year that also saw Parade pick future NFL stars Eric Dickerson and Jeff Hostetler.). And in 1994, Parade picked a New Orleans high school senior named Peyton Manning, who had his own record-setting year in the NFL this season.