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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: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:46 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Seriously suggest a Big 12 school?  Most of these schools don't know what conference they will be playing in next year.  The SEC is solidly the most respected football conference with more player going to the pros then any other conference.  A good QB should check out Coach Bobby Petrino at Arkansas.  The last two QBs at AR are or were pros.  Matt Jones went to Charolette as an athlete quqrterback/wide receiver.  last years QB Ryan Mallet is at New England backing up the number one QB in pros Tom Brady.  Coach Belichick knows good QBs.
Arkansas Junior QB Tyler Wilson waited his turn and is considered the best QB in the SEC.  Go to ARKANSAS and get prepared by Coach Bobby Petrino. 

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:34 pm
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Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:33 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Great arm...slow feet,......better go somewhere with a good line.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:24 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

I heard it is a done deal to Michigan.  Kile was said to have loved Brady Hoke plus  Michigan is returning to the Pro Style offense that put all those QBs in the NFL..he would be a nice fit for the re-birth in the Big House!

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:20 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Come to Wisconsin, Gunner. Wilson leaves this year and you could step right into one of the best programs in the country that uses the pro style offense the NFL wants. You'll have an established program and relatively no competition at QB, along with a massive offensive line that will actually protect you, and backs that know how to block.

Come to the force, Gunner, away from the dark side.

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:07 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Seriously, did you graduate from Notre Dame? I gather from the poor grammar, syntax, and misspelled words that you did. I think Kiel's decommitment was a bad thing to do to Indiana, which was going to build its program around him. It would have been the perfect situation for him. He can go whereever he wants, but if he didn't want to go to Indiana (which was good enough for his brother) he never should have committed in the first place. Where do you get the idea that ND is the top school out there? In its entire history it has never been close to the top academically (as you have demonstrated) and it has been decades since they were at the top even in football. If Kiel  goes to ND (can you trust his commitment?), it will give me an extra reason to root against it. Going back on a commitment shows a real lack of integrity. It also remains to be seen if he really is the best QB in this class. Paper rankings like this are often wildly inaccurate. Some of these players won 't even graduate, let alone become NFL pros.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:07 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Gunner, I had said sometime ago, you were a small town boy from Indiana and that is where you should go.  However, with the decommit, you should go to a school with a real QB program, that is if the NFL is your future career.  Alabama, LSU, and the rest of the SEC is not where you want to go.  They are not QB programs, that is to say, for your abilities.  You are not a Cam or Tim style QB.  You need to go to a school that developes outstanding pro style QB's.  You should seriously go to schools like, OU, OSU, USC,  WVA, and even Houston, or TxTech.  These schools will put and keep you on the map.  Going to Bama will just end up being another platooned QB where the only thing important is a RB and defensive players.  Good to keep your options open young man, but use your head.  Small town boys sometimes should just stay home.  Coach Kevin could have made you a winner and you could see your brother and mom and dad all the time.
Good Luck Gunner...
Oh, and just a point of info,  OU has 3 outstanding QB's in the fold now, and 2 more coming in next year..  Can't use you now...  Same with OSU, 3 great great QB's in house and another one coming in next year.. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:58 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Kiel must have looked at what Russell Wilson is doing behind a line that can actually protect someone, and decided that 4 years of concussions at Indiana isn't a very good deal.  Actually, he is right.  Kiel is too good to play for a program like Indiana.  They need a dual-threat QB who can navigate through the mess when the Indiana OL lets the entire opposing front seven have a game-long party in the backfield.
Good move, Gunner.  It's a lot easier to get NFL money if you can actually pass the physical. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:47 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Yeah, go to Ohio State, they'll let you play right away, pay you handsomely too.
You can have all the tattoos you want in exchange for memorabilia.
But if you REALLY want the big bucks have your old man pull a Cecil Newton and see if Auburn will pay you as much as they paid Cam's dad, you're guaranteed not to have any penalty given to you too because the NCAA id too blind to evidence of certain schools paying kids.
You could go to USC, enjoy the beaches, the girls, drive a nice car, the money won't be as big right away because they're on probation and don't wnat to risk getting into more trouble but hey it's SoCal and they'll take as good care of you as they can and you'll play in the coliseum too so why not go play there.
Big decision gunner, just who's going to open the vaults for you?
One thing is for certain, more people will be watching your recruitment a lot more seriously now so choose wisely! 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:45 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Mr. Kiel should consider Vanderbilt.

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