After a prolific junior season, West Virginia’s Will Grier is positioned as one of the top quarterbacks in the country in 2018. On the back of his talent, CBS’s Barton Simmons ranked West Virginia’s quarterback room the No. 23 unit in the country on Monday.
West Virginia is set to launch Grier’s Heisman campaign in July, and he’s expected to be a top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. According to Simmons, the lack of depth behind Grier is why West Virginia rates so low.
“Grier is a no-doubt talent that will be in the NFL next year,” Simmons wrote. “But behind him is a Miami transfer in [Jack] Allison who hasn’t proven much, a true freshman that plans to split time with baseball and walk-ons.”
Dana Holgorsen plans to back up Grier with Allison, a former 4-star Miami recruit who transferred to West Virginia last season. A strong-armed 6-foot-6 pocket passer, Allison impressed in scout team work last year and appears to be Grier’s immediate successor.
Behind Allison is freshman Trey Lowe, who may push Allison for that job next year. A 3-star recruit from Tennessee, Lowe is a dual-threat operator who splits his time with Randy Mazey’s baseball team. Holgorsen divided second-team reps between the two in the spring, although Allison is listed as No. 2 on the team’s most recent depth chart.
Simmons’ No. 23 ranking puts West Virginia as the No. 4 team in the Big 12. Oklahoma leads the way at No. 11 overall, followed by Kansas State at No. 16 and Iowa State at No. 20.