Gunner Kiel reportedly leaves Notre Dame for Cincinnati

Gunner Kiel, who decommitted from two different teams as a recruit, could also leave the Irish soon.

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School No. 4 for Gunner Kiel: Cincinnati

School No. 4 has reportedly laid claim to the former top-rated dropback quarterback prospect.


Gunner Kiel drawing interest from SEC teams

The former Notre Dame quarterback is searching for a new home, and three SEC teams are in the hunt for his services.


Gunner on the run again, reportedly

One of the most heralded football quarterback recruits of the 2011-12 recruiting cycle is said to be leaving the Fighting Irish.


Gunner Kiel Officially Announced As Notre Dame Enrollee

It's now official: star Indiana quarterback prospect Gunner Kiel has enrolled early at Notre Dame, the school announced, where he'll play football for the Fighting Irish next year. Up until Monday evening, Kiel was thought to be a solid LSU Tigers commitment, and was expected to enroll early in Baton Rouge.

Commenting on the move, here's Kiel:

"This recruitment process was a roller-coaster ride at times, but I know I have made the right decision for my family and me," Kiel said. "There were three critical elements I was looking for in my future school: the quality of education I would receive, the distance from home and the comfort level I would have with the players and coaches in the football program. Notre Dame was the perfect fit for me because it hit all three areas.

"Coach Kelly was great throughout my recruitment, as many times our conversations had nothing do with football. That really showed me he had my best intentions in mind. He was persistent yet also patient while recruiting me and I look forward to playing for him the next four years. I couldn't be happier to be a member of the Fighting Irish football team. I'm excited about the future of the program."

The Irish also announced early enrollees DL Sheldon Day and DB Tee Shepard, along with USC Trojans transfer RB Amir Carlisle.

Thus, hopefully, concludes for now the Kiel saga, which began when he committed very early in the year for a five-star quarterback to the lowly Indiana Hoosiers.

For more on LSU football, head to And The Valley Shook. For more on Notre Dame football, head to One Foot Down.


Gunner Kiel Decommits From LSU, According To Reports

Did Gunner Kiel just ditch LSU for Notre Dame after doing the same to Indiana?


LSU Recruiting Scouting Report: How Good Is Gunner Kiel?

LSU finally has its blue-chip quarterback recruit in Gunner Kiel, who committed to the Tigers on Tuesday. Paul Crewe of the excellent SB Nation LSU site, And The Valley Shook, has a breakdown of Kiel.

This is certainly worth a read, as Crewe breaks down Kiel's mechanics, size, arm, athleticism, mental game and upside. Here's an excerpt:

... A lot of people compare him to Andy Dalton, which I think is pretty decent. His arm is plenty good enough, but nothing anyone is going to go crazy about. What is most impressive about his throws though, is that, even at this young age, he understands touch. Kiel knows that a 5-yard screen doesn't need to be rifled, nor should a deep out be lofted. He shows a lot of ability to adjust the velocity of his throws based on not just the type of throw, but the type of defense he sees. This is a very good sign.

I'm on board with this. Crewe does state that Kiel's arm is close to being "great." I don't agree with that, but once a quarterback has the requisite arm strength to throw most of the routes, accuracy becomes much more important. And Kiel certainly has enough arm strength.

Crewe also notes the mental side of Kiel's game, which I touched on here. This is a quality evaluation and one LSU fans need to read.

For more on LSU recruiting, visit And The Valley Shook.



Gunner Kiel Commits To LSU Tigers Over Notre Dame, Vanderbilt

A banner day for the LSU Tigers as they land one of the top quarterbacks in the country.


Gunner Kiel Decision Dragging Out, Could Come Soon

Driven by tweets and stories from various Louisiana media, the college football recruiting world was in a fervor Monday, as the top pro-style quarterback, Gunner Kiel, was expected to commit to LSU, Vanderbilt or Notre Dame. Only that didn't happen.

The Kiel camp was silent, and presumably went about enjoying the day after Christmas while contemplating the decision. Still, just about everyone expects Kiel to make a decision fairly soon, because Kiel is going to enroll early at his school of choice, and the paperwork for that sort of thing needs to be submitted fairly shortly. Jamie Newberg is the most prominent national recruiting media member to predict a commitment this week:

QB Gunner Kiel should announce this wk = #LSU, #Vandy, or #NotreDame. Keep hearing Tigers but y no decision yet? Family is still debating
Dec 27 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Recruitniks will remember that Kiel committed to Indiana over the summer, only to back out of that commitment during the season.

Kiel has taken official visits to all three schools, and all of them obviously have a lot to offer a quarterback.

Vanderbilt is the most interesting choice, as the Commodores had a surprising season and seem to be headed in the right direction under James Franklin. And Vanderbilt did have success with another quarterback from Indiana in Jay Cutler.

So While Kiel seems to be leaning to LSU, don't count out the other two contenders.



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Gunner Kiel Confirms Indiana De-Commitment And Renewed Recruitment

After a rush of reports that Gunner Kiel, the nation's top-rated quarterback recruit and a longtime Indiana Hoosiers commit, has re-opened his recruitment, the man himself confirmed the story to 247 Sports. Kiel notified coach Kevin Wilson Thursday night, then made the whole thing public Friday morning.

"I'm just reevaluating my decision and plan on taking some future visits to other colleges," Kiel told 247Sports on Friday morning.

He added that he plans to take all five official visits. The first will be Notre Dame on Saturday for their game against the USC Trojans, according to reports.

Here's Indiana blog Crimson Quarry with some instant (and sober!) reaction:

I hope, of course, that when the process is complete Gunner decides to enroll at IU in January 2012. On the other hand, if you are looking for a bunch of moralizing about broken promises, then you're in the wrong place. For all of his football talents, Gunner Kiel is a high school senior deciding where to spend the next few years of his life. That is an intensely personal decision and one that should not be made lightly.

Of course, a verbal commitment should not be extended without careful consideration. It's better when a player is certain when he makes the commitment. On the other hand, I think it's much more important that Gunner or any other player be confident in his college choice. In that sense, it's comparable to breaking an engagement.

For more Kiel and the Hoosiers, visit SB Nation Indiana and The Crimson Quarry.


Indiana Commit Gunner Kiel Reopens Recruitment, According To Report

Hardly a shocker: Indiana Hoosiers commit Gunner Kiel, the nation's top-ranked quarterback according to Rivals, has decided to open his recruitment back up, according to Chris Lowry, the sports director at WIOU in Indiana. At the same time, Notre Dame's 247 site reported Kiel will take a visit to another school on Saturday.

Unbelievable. #Gunner Kiel is opening up his recruitment. #iufb
Oct 21 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Kiel's commitment to the historically weak Hoosiers was quite a shocker to begin with, and cued almost immediate we'll-see-how-long-that-lasts jokes.

It's not unfathomable that he could end up sticking with IU, but with offers on the table at the time of his original commitment from the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Michigan Wolverines, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oklahoma Sooners and a host of others, it's game back on for the slinger from Columbus, Indiana.

For more Kiel and the Hoosiers, visit SB Nation Indiana and The Crimson Quarry.


Gunner Kiel Commits To Indiana

Gunner Kiel is one of the nation's best quarterbacks in the high school Class of 2012. So it's a bit of a surprise that he has committed to play his college football at Indiana, not known as a powerhouse in any way, shape, or form.

Kiel is a 6'4", 220-pound quarterback with a powerful arm, and he's likely to be a potent signal-caller in Kevin Wilson's offense. But it's those skills that made him a logical quarterback of the future for any number of schools — he earned scholarship offers from Alabama, USC, and Michigan, according to Rivals — and Kiel's talent could dwarf that of most of the players in the Hoosiers' program as soon as he hits the practice field in Bloomington.

SB Nation's Indiana blog, The Crimson Quarry, calls Kiel's commitment "quite simply, the biggest recruiting win in the modern history of IU football," and it seems that in this case, proximity to home (Kiel is from Columbus, Indiana) and the presence of his brother, Dusty, an Indiana quarterback, have swayed Kiel to take the Hoosiers' future in his hands. It should also be noted that our crew at the Quarry actually predicted Kiel's commitment two weeks ago.

For more Kiel and the Hoosiers, visit SB Nation Indiana and The Crimson Quarry.

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