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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: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:36 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

YOu wont get playing time at those schools.   come to Ohio State   urban will be the coach.  you will love it.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:32 pm
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Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:09 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

I feel bad for Indiana. Getting a major recruit like this could be a huge step forward; and the Big 10 for that matter. Too bad a "commitment" doesn't hold any water...And Gunner, Notre Dame is a joke. If you don't go to Indiana, go to the SEC!

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:08 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

I am a graduate of Indiana University and a fan who now lives in Texas.

I don't blame this kid one bit.  I am sure he grew up an Indiana Fan and his brother is on the team.  If he were a 3 or 4 star talent, then IU would be a good place to prove himself. 

Indiana is a bad team.  It is the 2nd worst team in the Big 10 behind Minnesota.   And I have heard from IU alumni that Wilson is not exactly a Mack Brown CEO typle with the alumni or the recruits.   In essense, Kiel can go anywhere he wants and can get the coaching to potentially get him to the NFL.    Why would you go to IU, be by far the best player from the moment you step on campus, and get killed for 3-4 years.

In my opinion, the bar for football is unaceptably low Indiana University.   The Administration accepts medioctiry and uses the excuse that IU is a basketball school and recruiting for quality football players here in lil ole Indiana is just too tough with all the other schools in the area.  That is just defeatism and inexcusable.   IU alumni and fans don't expect IU to ever be a Ohio St or Michigan on the gridior.  Thehy would be satisfied with 3-4 Bowl trips a decade with maybe one win a decade.    

IU football is a disgrace.     IU recently hired Tom Crean as their BB coach.  IU BB is in bad shape too, but it is coming back.   I have met Tom in person.  He is a passionate guy who wants to win.  Any of these rebuilding jobs require that the new coach win with less.  I think Crean wil do that.  I don't think Wilson will.  He has no experience as a head coach.  Yes, he learned the OU way from Stoops et al, but OU and IU are apples and oranges when it comes to football.

Until IU decideds to recruit a great up and coming coach, and pay him accordingly and insentiiae him to win, they will be the dormat of the Big 10.  It is inexcusable.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:02 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

I have no problem with him decommitting since this is a huge decision and Indiana is anything but a football powerhouse.  He should go to a school that will ultimately sell him to the public and the NFL teams.  A school like Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU.  Someone like those.  I have no idea which one, but when you are this talented and listed #2 overall in the nation, you have to go to a big school.  It was a nice story going to Indiana, but this is the best decision he can make for himself.  Look at Matt Barkley.  This kid will go to the NFL because he got to play and TV time which are huge for him to get over.  This kid needs to copy that.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:50 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

It will be interesting to see what happens.  Most of the time, when a player decommits, it shows a lack in character.  A few overcome it, but most it follows them like their shadow.  The kid has a ton of talent, but I am not sure he is making a good move here.  We will see.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:39 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Sounds like someone offered this kid more money.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:56 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

Yes it would, but with Bell as a Freshman (#3 recruit in the Country last year) and Trevor Knight, a 4 Star recruit, coming in next year, tehre is little need for Kiel. 

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:48 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

he's going to marist college

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:40 pm

Gunner Kiel decommits from Indiana

I think that would be Notre Dame . . . !

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