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Davidson Day’s Will Grier is Parade’s player of the year

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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- Parade Magazine
Former Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, who enrolled early at Florida, will be named Parade Magazine’s national football player of the year.

Former Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier has been chosen national high school football player of the year for the second time in two weeks.

Sunday, Grier will be announced as Parade Magazine’s player of the year. He also will join 25 others on the national publication’s All-America team.

Grier was named Mr. Football USA two weeks ago.

Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood, who edged Grier for Observer Player of the Year , is a first-team Parade All-American. Hood, who set single-season Mecklenburg County rushing records in his junior and senior seasons, has already enrolled at North Carolina. Hood won the U.S. Army All-American team national player of the year this month.

Columbia Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller was the only other Carolinas player to make the 26-man Parade team. Rock Hill Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph made honorable mention.

The entire team will be published in Sunday’s Observer.

Like Hood, Grier graduated from high school in the fall and has enrolled in college. . He’s attending Florida after leading Davidson Day to its third straight state championship. Grier, 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, threw for 4,989 yards last season and an N.C.-record 77 touchdowns. He finished his career with 14,565 yards passing, second-most in state history to former Independence and former Florida quarterback Chris Leak. Grier threw 195 career touchdown passes, breaking Leak’s state record of 185.

Leak, a member of Florida’s coaching staff, was Parade’s national player of the year in 2003.

Said Grier in the Parade article: “I’m just a Southern boy who likes to go mudding in my Jeep, quail hunting and skeet shooting.”

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