Jake Spavital didn’t need long to think about it. When it comes to WVU quarterback Will Grier, no one, it seems, needs much time at all to conjure up something positive to say about the Mountaineers’ gunslinger quarterback.

“I probably fell in love with him one of the first times I saw him,” said Spavital, who was Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator when he first started recruiting Grier out of high school, in 2014. “I kept recruiting him, even though I knew we were never going to sign him. I got to know him and his family. There was just something about him, even back then.”

You know the old saying about things that appear to be too good to be true, right?

That was sort of the idea behind this story today, because the story that encapsulates Grier right now is almost too unbelievable to be true.

High school all-American, check. Not only that, but a high school all-American who comes from a family in which Will Grier, star quarterback, may not be nearly as popular as his younger brothers, Hayes and Nash Grier, who are turning into social media mega stars on YouTube and Instagram.

In 2015, Nash Grier was named by Time as one of the most influential people on the internet.


Will Grier is engaged to a lovely woman who used to be a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nothing to be envious of there.

And, with his powerful right arm and uncanny ability to run out of trouble and make something positive out of nothing with his legs, Grier just might be the guy who leads the Mountaineers to their first Big 12 football title.

Or he may catapult himself into a top NFL draft pick. Or, the way this story is going right now, both.

It all seems too surreal, like the dream we want to last forever, but ends as soon as the alarm clocks goes off in the morning.

“As a teammate, we all believe that he is going to make the right play,” WVU center Matt Jones said. “We all have faith in him that he’s our guy and he’s going to do the right things.”

That quote came from Jones two weeks ago, after Grier had played all of one game at WVU — a loss at that, against Virginia Tech.

True, Grier, who has thrown for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first three games with the Mountaineers, was at WVU all of last season and practiced as a scout team guy.

But he didn’t play a single down. Didn’t throw a pass that counted. Didn’t make a tackle.

Now he’s as beloved as Jake Kelchner ever was, and respected at the level of Marc Bulger or Major Harris.

And the story I set out to find wasn’t to burst Grier’s bubble, but simply how all of this was even possible.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen may have explained it best. “It’s that starting quarterback gene that, in particular, a coach’s kid kind of has,” Holgorsen said, noting that Grier played for his father at Davidson Day (N.C.) High School. “It’s not just about being out there on the football field or working hard in the weight room. There’s understanding the locker room aspect of it, as well.

“He’s got a lot of football intelligence, but he’s got the starting quarterback gene that people gravitate to. He knows when to pick people up and knows when to yell at a guy. Our guys say, ‘Yeah, that guy knows what he’s talking about, I probably should listen to him.’ ”

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