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Is former prep QB Will Grier a future pro star? The NFL's official website thinks so

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) is being talked about as a Heisman candidate heading into the 2018 season
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) is being talked about as a Heisman candidate heading into the 2018 season AP

On Tuesday, the NFL's official website released a list of 18 college football offensive players that it believes will become future NFL stars.

Checking at No. 5 was former Davidson Day prep QB Will Grier, now at West Virginia.

"He's cool in the pocket," the article said of Grier, "excellent at finding the open man, and more athletic and elusive than his modest rushing statistics would indicate."

Grier, a former high school national player of the year, is among the early favorites to be in Heisman contention and Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt recently said Grier reminded him of the college version of Johnny Manziel.

After transferring from Florida, Grier threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns last season before going down with a season-ending hand injury in a loss to Texas Nov. 18. Surgery on the middle finger of his right throwing hand caused him to miss West Virginia's final two games: a loss to Oklahomas in the regular-season finale and loss to Utah in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Grier will begin his senior season in Charlotte Sept. 1, when West Virginia plays Tennessee in the Belk College Kickoff.

Former Wake Forest High running back Bryce Love -- who played against Mallard Creek in two N.C. 4AA state championship games -- is ranked No. 1 on the NFL list of future offensive stars.

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