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Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 7:06 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

After decommitting from Indiana and delaying his decision several times, Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel has finally pulled the trigger and committed to LSU.

"I can't wait to play in the SEC," Kiel told 247Sports. "A lot of people call it the NFL of college football and it will be an exciting time. It would mean a lot to be a starting quarterback in such a great conference at a great school. I really love the players and the coaching staff. They were all great to me on my visit and seemed very welcoming."

Ranked as the top signal-caller in the class of 2012 and number two overall recruit by Maxpreps, Kiel holds scholarship offers from just about every program in the country, including Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, USC and others. He surprised plenty of folks by committing to Indiana in late July and new head coach Kevin Wilson but opened things back up in October. He quickly scheduled official visits to each of his finalists, Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt.

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

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder threw for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns this season while also rushing for 11 scores. He led Columbus East to an 11-2 record his senior year and was named Indiana's "Mr. Football" by the Indianapolis Star.

Kiel's brother, Dusty, is a sophomore at Indiana and his uncle, Blair, played at Notre Dame.

The strong-armed and aptly named Gunner will enroll early in Baton Rouge after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7th.

The commitment of the top quarterback in the country is another big boost for the Tigers class of 2012, which now sits at 22 commits. LSU took three quarterbacks with last year's class and Kiel figures to battle talented junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger for the starting job upon arriving on campus. Prior to Kiel's pledge, Les Miles' next recruiting class was ranked 9th overall in the MaxPreps team rankings.



Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

The Big 12,Pac 12 and ACC are soft



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

OOPS, I MEAN PAYS BETTER!!!



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

LSU/SECAYS BETTER!!!




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Why would a kid from Indiana want to go to a school like LSU?  Or Alabama or any place that has their reputation for
skating the rules?   He would have been a bigger hero if he stayed in state then go somewhere else, they won't
remember him down there because he won't be one of them.  I will almost bet he will transfer from there.  I am not
sure he would be the right fit for Notre Dame's system, but he would have a better chance of fitting in there then at LSU.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Why would a kid from Indiana want to go to a school like LSU?  Or Alabama or any place that has their reputation for
skating the rules?   He would have been a bigger hero if he stayed in state then go somewhere else, they won't
remember him down there because he won't be one of them.  I will almost bet he will transfer from there.  I am not
sure he would be the right fit for Notre Dame's system, but he would have a better chance of fitting in there then at LSU.



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Blair Kiel carried a clip board for the Packers.  Never much talent at QB for the Golden Domers
Matt Flynn carries a clip board for the Packers.  Sounds good to me....2007 LSU National Champions!! 



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Blair Kiel carried a clip board for the Packers.  Never much talent at QB for the Golden Domers. 



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Would have loved to see him stay at Indiana, but if he was going to break his word I wish he would have went to Notre Dame. Just like in basketball, if we could get Indiana kids to stay in Indiana we could compete with anybody!



Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

what a loser, full of hatred.  Where did your upbringing go wrong radio?



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Are you retarded bro?
At the current time the SEC is the NFL of college football. Cheating? Please , don't make excuses for other conferences failures. Things come and go and the SEC won't always be king but why hate on an 18 year old kid because of where he wants to play?


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