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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: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:48 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: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

SEC is the NFL of college football?  Are you retarded bro?  SEC is the cheaters of college football and you probably got paid to say that.  I hope you break a leg (literally) when playing for LSU.  Spend your money wisely and drive your free car cautiously because all SEC programs will be under major scrutiny once the NCAA discovers the cheating tactics of the conference.  By the way Gunner Kiel, you are one of the ugliest humans I've ever seen.  Red hair and a gargoyle's face.



Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Hate to see Gunner leave Indiana but I know he sprinted after watching a few of the IU games this year and could see himself getting destroyed behind that line and no receivers.  Good luck at LSU!



Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

He is a confirmed LSU committment.  This is HUGE!!!  Go Tigers!!!



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

While you never really know with athletes this young, this is still very good news for LSU.  Mettenberger should get the start for LSU next season, but he is a junior and will have limited time left.  It is nice to have someone this well thought of in place for grooming by our staff.  Geaux Tigers!!!




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Is this actually confirmed? 


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