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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Grier solid to UF despite coaching change

By Derek Tyson

The Florida Gators fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis on Sunday morning. After Florida’s abysmal season -- including a 37-7 loss to in-state rival Florida State on Saturday -- the news didn’t come as a shock to many.

Florida has the No. 10-ranked recruiting class in the country. The class includes quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day), who took his official visit to Florida this weekend.

Grier’s father, Chad Grier, said the news of Pease's firing does not affect his son’s decision to enroll at Florida in January.

"Will’s commitment was to be a student athlete to the University of Florida and that’s just what its going to be,” Chad Grier said. "He’s excited to be part of the 90,000 people that showed up to support them yesterday. It would have been very easy for a lot of places to have that kind of crowd and show up and boo and throw a fit, but what I saw was 90,000 strong supporting a program that my Will can’t wait to be a part of.

"We love Brent as a person and as a coach but we also love coach [Will] Muschamp. We spent time at his house this weekend and really got to know him on a personal level. Will even met with some academic counselors so he could set his schedule so that all of his classes will be in the morning so he can focus his time in the afternoons on football. Will is still excited to become a student athlete at Florida and start working with his new teammates to help win championships.”

The younger Grier also sent out a tweet showing his support for Muschamp.

we will bounce back. coach Muschamp will lead us to many victories next year. I can't wait to play for him. Go Gators

— Will Grier (@willgrier_) November 30, 2013

With Grier’s commitment to the Gators appearing solid, the focus will now turn to other offensive commits, including running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) and Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead).

Cook’s commitment to Florida has been shaky, at best. Two Florida State assistant coaches are scheduled to visit the talented running back in Miami today. The Gators, meanwhile, are now searching for a replacement for Pease.

Florida is still in pursuit of ESPN 300 offensive targets Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence). Sharpe took an official visit to Florida this weekend and appear to be the team to beat.