Former Florida quarterback Will Grier had options after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs last season.
As it turns out, one of those options was Ohio State. In a first-person account of the year since his suspension and subsequent transfer, Grier — now at West Virginia — told Bleacher Report that Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer recruited him.
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 may seem surprising that Meyer would go after a quarterback with a history of PED use, given the talent he has already assembled at the position at Ohio State.
For starters, J.T. Barrett is in the Heisman conversation this season and may return for 2017. The Buckeyes also have Joe Burrow and Stephen Collier waiting in the wings, and Grier would have had to compete against prized recruits Dwayne Haskins (2016) and Tate Martell (2017).
But then again, Grier was having a stellar freshman campaign when his suspension came down six games into last season. He was also recruited to Florida by current Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, who served under Meyer at Bowling Green and Florida.
Grier was a 4-star recruit and the No. 2 overall pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class. He is eligible to return to the field six games into the Mountaineers’ 2017 season.