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Will Grier Says Urban Meyer, Oregon Recruited Him Hardest After Transfer From Florida

Will Grier celebrating a touchdown throw.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Will Grier wound up at West Virginia after transferring from Florida following his one-year PED suspension, but one national champion head coach and another power program were after him more than anyone.

Grier penned a piece for Bleacher Report titled "A Year in PED Purgatory," chronicling his suspension, which was announced after he led Florida to a 6-0 start, including a big win over Tennessee and a blowout victory over Ole Miss.

In it, he goes to detail about the recruiting process. It had previously been reported that Ohio State was involved in courting Grier, but he says that Urban Meyer was actually the coach that was after him the hardest, along with Mark Helfrich and Oregon.

Ultimately, proximity to home and play style in Dana Holgorsen's offense led him to choosing West Virginia over the Buckeyes and Ducks.

So when I was looking at other schools, I wanted to find a coach who wanted me. Urban Meyer probably recruited me the hardest, and Oregon did, too. West Virginia was close to home (Charlotte, North Carolina), so I visited and just loved the way they practiced and the way Dana taught the quarterbacks. It was exciting.

While Grier proved he could play at a very high level in the SEC, there's no guarantee that he would've played at Ohio State. J.T. Barrett could very well be back for his senior year in 2017, and Ohio State is absolutely stacked with talent behind him. Back-up Stephen Collier has been in the system since January 2014. Freshman Dwayne Haskins was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country last season. In the 2017 class, Ohio State adds blue-chip dual threat quarterback Tate Martell.

In six games last season, Will Grier was 106-for-161 for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions, as well as 116 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. He is eligible to return six games into next season for the Mountaineers.

[Bleacher Report]