Davidson Day High School junior quarterback Will Grier was making headlines long before he threw for a national record 837 yards passing and 10 touchdowns in his team’s 104-80 win over Harrells Christian in the North Carolina high school state playoffs Friday night.
The combined 184 points (which broke the state record of 142 set in 1930) in one high school football game was mindboggling.
“My Twitter account just blew up,” Grier told The Associated Press.
I cant even get 837 yards in madden..damn @willg7533 gettin itt
— michael prendergast (@mprendergast41) November 10, 2012
Grier is being recruited by multiple schools including Alabama and Oregon, and already has scholarship offers from Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and East Carolina. He broke the mark of 764 yards passing set by Pacific Palisades (Calif.) quarterback David Koral in 2000. Davidson Day High advanced to the state independent schools’ Division II championship game.
Grier's father, Chad, who is also his coach and a former player at East Carolina, had a little fun on Twitter pointing out one minor flaw in his son's performance:
— Chad Grier (@GrierChad) November 10, 2012
Grier, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback, said the game was the "craziest thing I’ve ever been a part of. It was ridiculous.’’
I am so blessed and so thankful. I could never do what I do without my friends and family. I love all you guys! thank you. praise God!
— Will G (@willg7533) November 11, 2012
If you missed Friday's game, here's a look at Grier's 2011 highlight reel:
Grier has been a busy recruit this fall, making stops at South Carolina:
USC on the field. unbelievable atmosphere. beautiful stadium. great day for some football!!!! twitter.com/willg7533/stat…
— Will G (@willg7533) September 8, 2012
— Will G (@willg7533) September 15, 2012
— Will G (@willg7533) October 7, 2012
"I had a great trip to Florida," Grier told ESPN.com after the Gators beat LSU 14-6 on Oct. 6. "The game was amazing and the stadium was extremely loud. I wanted to get dressed out and play."
And North Carolina:
UNC game! twitter.com/willg7533/stat…
— Will G (@willg7533) October 27, 2012
After news of his record received coverage on ESPN and other national media outlets and become a trending social media topic, suitors made their pitch via Twitter:
@willg7533 congrats on the national record man. South Carolina would love to have you haha
— Clay Darcey (@ClayDarcey) November 11, 2012
— John Williams (@UFloridaGATOR07) November 11, 2012
• Clint Bowyer took to Twitter to apologize for using a derogatory term for the mentally disabled when talking about his melee with Jeff Gordon and their pit crews after Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Very sorry about interview with the R word. I was so focused on not saying the F or the A word...I don't even know what I said!!! #ugh
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) November 12, 2012
And this didn't take long. One enterprising NASCAR fan (Ranchaero on YouTube) decided to have some fun with it and produce a new version of Bowyer's "5-hour Energy" commercial:
(HT/@HurricaneBarca, SB Nation)
As for Gordon, he make his point on the track, with the media and on Twitter:
I'll say the same thing I told @nascar & media. Reached my limit, tired of getting run into by 15. Sorry to the other guys involved.
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) November 12, 2012
• The Lakers surprised many with their decision to hire former Nuggets, Suns and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown, passing on Phil Jackson. D'Antoni was the top trending topic on Twitter Monday after the news broke:
Kobe's scoring will go up in D'Antoni's offense. Dwight & Nash will thrive in the pick & roll. And the Lakers will go home in the 2nd round
— Cuffs The Legend (@CuffsTheLegend) November 12, 2012