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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
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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.



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Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:13 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

just like all the other money trolls - he desrves whtaever bestows upon him! maybe a NCAA deah penalty once they get caught, after all they are all cheater some just better than others



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

just like all the other money trolls - he desrves whtaever bestows upon him! maybe a NCAA deah penalty once they get caught, after all they are all cheater some just better than others



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

just like all the other money trolls - he desrves whtaever bestows upon him! maybe a NCAA deah penalty once they get caught, after all they are all cheater some just better than others



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

I'm not sure about other schools, but Alabama did not pursue him after he decommitted from Indiana. They had already found a QB out of Texas and were only looking at a QB prospect in Alabama.



Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

I'm disappointed that he didn't choose Vandy, but being a finalist for a 5-star QB is enough to satisfy me at this point. James Franklin is the truth.

Congrats to LSU. Not looking forward to facing him in the future.








Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

IrishDog- That's an ignorant comment. IU has a good tradition of successful QBs who were drafted including Trent Green. I can't think of any who were seriously injured, and I've been following IU for almost 50 years.

To bad the boy learned at such a young age that giving his word means nothing as long as he gets what he wants at the time.



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

That's an ignorant comment. IU has a good tradition of successful QBs who were drafted including Trent Green. I can't think of any who were seriously injured, and I've been following IU for almost 50 years.

To bad the boy learned at such a young age that giving his word means nothing as long as he gets what he wants at the time.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

I guess people's words don't count any more.  No matter what kind of trash they are -if they can throw run   or hit  -its all ok


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