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Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: October 22, 2011 12:58 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. -- In news that was shocking only with regards to its timing, Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel decommitted from Indiana and opened up his recruitment Friday.

"To be honest I'm just reevaluating my decision," Kiel said. "I just want to go out and see other places and see if IU is the right place."

Ranked as the top quarterback in the class of 2012 and number two overall in the country by Maxpreps, Kiel committed to the Hoosiers in late July over national powers such as Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and USC.

"I think I made the right decision," he said of his original pledge. "Things happen. I thought hard about it but decided to go out and reevaluate it."

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder told new Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson Thursday night, two days after he was officially selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I just called him and told him I was re-evaluating my decision and will go out and visit some more schools," Kiel said.

Brother Dusty is a redshirt sophomore in Bloomington and Kiel maintained that the decommitment from the program had nothing to do with Dusty or the coaching staff. Their uncle, Blair, played quarterback at Notre Dame and the aptly-named Gunner will take an unofficial visit to see the Irish play USC Saturday night as he restarts the recruiting process.

"Yeah, I'm showing some interest in Notre Dame," Kiel said. "I'm looking forward to a great atmosphere. That's definitely a big rivalry game and it should be a lot of fun."

After selecting Indiana, both of Kiel's other finalists, Oklahoma, Mizzouri and Alabama, added commitments from quarterbacks. The complicated situation with the schools he previously considered is one explanation why the signal-caller remained tight-lipped as to which programs he would be looking at.

"I'm going to consider some other schools but I'm going to keep the (list) kind of personal right now," he said. "I just want to stay low again."

No decision has been made as to where he'll take official visits to but he'll settle on the first few destinations shortly after consulting with family members. Kiel added that distance is not a factor for any school and he will be using a set list of criteria that each finalist needs to have.

"Really just the same stuff I looked at last time," he said. "There's three main things: education, how well the coaching staff gets along with the players and how the players interact with each other and if they're a big family."

Columbus East defeated Shelbyville in the opening round of the Indiana state playoffs 49-21 on Friday night but the five-star didn't take a snap in the game, sitting out after slightly injuring himself during practice.

"I'm just a little nicked up, a little sore," Kiel said. "Coach just told me to rest up this week and get healthy for our next opponent next week. I could have played, I felt really healthy. I came out here and warmed up with the guys and was running around. I was good to go, just a little sore. I'll be alright."

Kiel is set to graduate in December and will enroll after playing in the All-American game, really the only clues as to what sort of timetable he is operating on for his decision.

"I'm still going to graduate at the end of the semester," he said. "I'm on the right path and have my grades looking good and I'm ready to go."

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:12 pm

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Stay with Indiana and show us how good you really are. Though I wouldn't blame you for going somewhere with a good saturday atmosphere. You only live once kid.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 4:49 pm

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment


Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:59 pm

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Spot on, Teres Minor.  Who can blame Kiel for reconsidering his decision?  For a player of his caiber, I thought he made his initial decision with his heart rather than with his head.  Michigan would be a great fit for him: Great coaching, great venue for showcasing his talent, and a great degree (if he stays around to get it).

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:42 am

The real translation...

What he meant:  "There are schools where the OL can actually block and protect the QB.  I think I'll check a few of them out.  I'm not going to get my head beaten in for a bunch of Hoosiers."

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:05 am

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Ok.....I'm an Oklahoma fan and FYI......Kevin Wilson didn't develop those QBs.....Josh Huepel developed those QBs.....Kevin Wilson just called the plays.....he didn't develop QBs......Thanks have a nice day!

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:31 am

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

The coach at Indianna has already developed 2 Heisman trophy winning QB's and a first overall pick in the NFL draft. a better track record than petrino for sure.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:14 am

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Living in Indiana and having seen this kid play a couple of times, I'm shocked at the rave reviews he gets.  Seems to have athletic ability, but lacks the mental aspect of the position.  Still young though...plenty of time to learn.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:08 am

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Ohio State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Illinois, West Virginia, Wisconsin ...Pitt.  There are a lot of excellent schools close to his hometown.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:03 am

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

If Gunner were to give it some thought he would chose to go to the "U" as all thats are missing is a top gun quarterback. All the other big timers already have big arms coming in. Why not palm trees and beautiful beaches with gorgeous women as the place to attend college and refine your craft. Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testeverde, Steve Walsh, Craig Erickson, Gino Toretta, Ken Dorsey, and many others including old timer George Mira found it the right choice. A big gun such as Kiel would bring Miami back to elite status and of course another national championship or two.

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:02 am

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

A 5 star QB NOT going to IU?Surprised  Kid has ALOT of good options at places that can surround him much more talent than IU can, prob a good move.

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