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Cincinnati hosts former Notre Dame QB Gunner Kiel for scrimmage

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel visited Cincinnati over the weekend. (USATSI)
Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel visited Cincinnati over the weekend. (USATSI)

According to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, former Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel had a list of potential transfer destinations that "were appropriate" with the team's schedule. Over the weekend, Kiel visited Cincinnati, Kelly's former team, to check out the Bearcats' scrimmage at the Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, members of the Bearcats' program believe they have a "good shot" at signing the highly-touted transfer.

Kiel is looking for a new school, and a UC source said the Bearcats believe they have a good shot at landing Kiel. Kiel has been visiting in Cincinnati for the past two days.
"He's looking at several schools," the source said. "You never know. Throw your name in the hat, see what happens."

Kiel originally committed to Indiana and then LSU before flipping again to Notre Dame just days before his January 2012 enrollment. Kelly publicly said Kiel would have a chance to compete for the starting job, but the opportunity looked bleak with redshirt sophomore Everett Golson's expanded role during the undefeated 2012 regular season.

Cincinnati also hosted "about 25 other prospective recruits" for the scrimmage as part of the Bearcats' Junior Day. Tommy Tuberville, by NCAA rules, cannot comment on any prospective recruits.

The Bearcats will have a pair of seniors, Munchie Legaux and Brendon Kay, competing for the quarterback job in 2013, so Kiel would have an opportunity to compete immediately with Patrick Coyne in 2014.

For more on Cincinnati's spring practice, check out Tom Fornelli's Spring Practice Primer for the Bearcats.

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