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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: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Soonerz, In college it is about championships. Thats why he went to the SEC.



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Good God! this guy already seems like a spoiled asshole. he has no chance in the sec and LSU was the worst choice for him if he wants to go pro. if he doesnt and just wants to win championships then i understand. but if you want to go pro join notre dame or oklahoma etc. teams that run the pro style.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Someone named Mr. Green made a house call.  Done deal. 




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

"I was happy Bama didn't jump on him after he decommitted from Indiana.  Watched him on ESPN.  Not impressed."

Funny as this is a common theme of people after it didn't work out.  Sour grapes I believe




Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Hey Paul Fizzle! Do a little homework son. The Commonwealth decided on where to put the university based on it being equal distance between the 2 largest cities and as close to the exact center of Pennsylvania as possible to avoid any show of favoritism.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:28 am
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Because of the sanctions I predict it will take Urban 4 years to return Ohio State to elite status instead of his normal two years.  

oh please. dude what are you smoking? 4 years. i think he'll have them at top form next year to play spoiler.




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:46 am
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

LSU will be on the decline and they dont produce top QB   Jamarcus russell anyone?  he should of gone to Wisconsin or Ohio State

Pendejo33:  I see you are Saint fan and an Ohio State fan.  What an odd combination.  No wonder you are confused.  With the continual flow of talent that LSU has coming its not likely they will be on the decline.  It will be more like, "uh oh... now they can play offense."  Pretty scary considering they already average close to 40 points per game. 

As for Ohio State, I am sure Urban Meyer would have loved to get his hands on him.  He'll need to get off to a good start recruiting with sanctions on their way.  Because of the sanctions I predict it will take Urban 4 years to return Ohio State to elite status instead of his normal two years. 




Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

You are wrong about that GeauxSaints. It is relevant. Fact is he wasnt that great in college anyway so not a surprise he was a NFL bust. I love it because after LSU manhandled Notre Dame he was the second coming. Haha...what an overpaid loser he turned out to be.



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

He has the right to go anywhere he wants...you can be disappointed if you are Vandy or Notre Dame but I will say at least for ND is the Irish need running backs and D players with speed more than they need a quarterback. In the past Notre Dame has had the no. 1 quarterbacks - Jimmy Clausen and Ron Powlus and neither one lived up to the hype so you just dont ever know. It could be they werent developed as quarterbacks, played in the wrong system or just werent as good as scouts thought and then you could get lucky and have a quarterback like Tim Tebow...what coach would not have loved to have had him.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

LSU did produce a top Qb, Russell went #1 overall. What he did after he left is irrelevant.


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