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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: May 9, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

RICHARDHEAD...are you a moron or what? Blair Kiel was not an elite quarterback at Notre Dame but the likes of Joe Montana...have you heard of him or Joe Theisman or Tony Rice who won a NC...I think they have had a few good ones. Try and keep up before you post.



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:26 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.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:17 pm
 

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



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

I agree jag11286. I have been saying that all they needed was a legit QB and they will be very very scary. Best program in the Country last ten years and the best may be yet to come. They are what USC thinks they are.


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Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:04 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Like the kid was going to Indiana as a QB? Hello? Hall of Fame QBS go to Purdue and Notre dame in that state. Indiana? That's the basketball school. He was just yankin' their chain all along.



Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

Crazy, according to "ohio" fans he was a lock there. Guess Urben already paid him?!?! Hmmm.Undecided



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

I think the kid is a joke mainly because of how he acted. People can lay excuses down all they want about these kids age and what not but fact is at 17-18 i didnt know what i wanted to do but i knew not to make up my mind and say i was gonna do something until i was sure of it. He commited to IU got there hopes up then pretty much disregarded them  and left for the current best team in the nation. I hope he fails miserabley.

How hysterical is it that a Razorback fan is calling out a kid for changing his commitment.  You mean like Mallet did to come to Arkansas?  What a hypocritical douche razorback fan, but I repeat myself.  Nice spelling by the way...



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to LSU

See this is where you are dead wrong. Bob Knight is all about integrity. Those that followed him may not have been but Bob was. You should look at his graduation rate compared to those from your school. You will see the difference there.
LSU is second in the SEC and top 20 nationwide in graduation rates.  Bob Knight was a violent thug - that is again, the opposite of integrity.  Why couldn't he earn respect instead of terrorizing athletes and absuing them both physically and verbally?  What a degenerate that man is. 


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