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Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:34 am
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Well, I waited before posting something given how fluid the situation is (which, I guess, easily applies to recruiting in general the next few weeks) but a quick update as Monday evening rolls around.

This afternoon TigerSportsDigest.com reported that a source informed them that recent commit and Maxpreps' #2 overall player Gunner Kiel was not in attendance for an early enrollee meeting at LSU ahead of classes starting Tuesday. This was followed by several reports coming out of Notre Dame saying that Kiel could be headed to South Bend, including IrishIllustrated.com and 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong, who is close to the family.

Attempts to reach Kiel were unsuccessful and sources on both sides didn't provide any information on what might be happening.

Obviously this is just another recruiting drama to follow one of the country's top ranked players (think Terrelle Pryor or Jadeveon Clowney in just the past few years). Kiel seemed solidly committed following a so-so performance at the Army All-American Bowl two weeks ago.

"The SEC is just like the NFL," Kiel told CBSSports.com. "It's going to be hard and I know it's going to hard and I have to make a lot of improvements.

"But it is a perfect time for me to go (to LSU) and compete. With Jordan (Jefferson) and Jarrett (Lee) both seniors and leaving it's a perfect time to go and battle for a spot. Baton Rouge is a beautiful place and the people there are so nice, it's like a big family there. It's awesome."

Kiel also briefly mentioned a good relationship with quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe and how hard LSU recruited him despite his commitment to Indiana. All of it seems... interesting in retrospect but we'll see what happens in the next 24 hours. The signal-caller does have time to make up his mind as to where he wants to enroll early but if he does it is notable that he's already cost the Tigers one recruit in offensive tackle Patrick Miller, who surprisingly enrolled at Auburn after there was no room for him in Baton Rouge.

So basically, something's up but nobody knows exactly what is going on - including several coaches. Got it? Get it. Good. That's how recruiting - especially around top five recruits - seems to go this time of year. If there is an update, check back on the Eye on Recruiting.

Otherwise, Where in the World is Gunner Kiel resumes tomorrow.

UPDATE: The Observer has confirmed that Kiel will head to Notre Dame.
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Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:31 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

I always figured it would be either Notre Dame (most likely) or Purdue. ND always seemed like the most natural fit, given that he's an Indiana kid whose uncle played at ND. But doesn't it seem like he has commitment issues? If he commits to ND or any other team other than Indiana or LSU, it will be the 3rd team he has been "committed" to in the past month. Sure has the makings of someone who won't be afraid to bolt if all is not going well when he gets to wherever he's going.


andyham7
Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:22 am
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andyham7
Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:16 am
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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:41 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

Did anyone ever consider that Keil watched the BCS Championship, and like the rest of the world was horrified by Les Mile's treatment of Jarrett Lee?



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:34 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

At what point should we stop caring about this guy?  I mean, someone who obviously has no intention of keeping his commitment as good as his word would seem to be something of a distraction anywhere he lands.  Is he really that good?  One wonders whether he can really hack it anywhere he goes.  Will this guy be a team person in the long haul?  He;s got to know that after school, the time to be so picky is over.  Do us a favor and don't make this one of your continuing stories whereby you are able to fill cyberspace with one fact and surround it with a rehash of what what you've already told us for weeks on end.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:18 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

" The kid is overrated and a flake. He knows he cant cut it at LSU. Why do you think he picked IU to begin with. So he could look good on a horrible team rather than be scared out of his Tu Tu's on a good team and look bad. Hey mom, look under his bed. He may be hiding there. Who knows? maybe I'm wrong. Don't think I am but no hard feelings if I so. "  --purebedlam

Why risk life and limb in the SEC? Top pro QB prospects like this kid won't have any need of toughness in Roger Goodell's New NFL, where PINK tutus are standard issue. Unless you play for Mike Martz or Matt Millen. Or, God bless and look over Jon Kitna in his well-earned retirement, both at the same time.
Far better to launch 'em skyward out West, where he can run up big numbers, wow the select few in shorts and tee for an afternoon, then maybe go do it again at the Big Meat Market. Just don't fall into that trap at UHouston. Even Matt Millen was never dumb enough to buy those numbers.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:02 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

" Looks like the young man watched the NCG and realized the the rest of the  country knows.  The SEC is a FRAUD!  Good for you Mr. Kiel "
      --Seahaghater

Nah. What the SEC is is fast, strong, and athletic. Especially so on defense, where the payoff is more certain. Why so? In order to be a great defense at that level all that's needed is raw talent, good coaching, and limited practice time. In order to BEAT a great defense you need somewhat less talent and a BOATLOAD of practice time. All of these things are readily available where football is king and dollars flow freely. EXCEPT a boatload of practice time, due to both NCAA restrictions and the competing demands of a rigorous academic program. (Insert video and audio of Kevin Nealon under talking the following: "Girls gone wild.") Not to mention the many hours spent signing memorabilia that will NEVER EVER be marketed on Ebay or otherwise find itself in the hands of a grateful alumni.

Things were so much simpler back in the days when (1) coaches could run their players to death out in the desert like Bear Bryant did at Texas A&M; (2) team trainers only needed an Rx from some old, fat guy with a whistle to shoot 'em up right and left with painkillers; (3) the only schools that mattered could monopolize 120 of the best players in the land, mainly as a spare parts bank to replace the kids Doctor Coach had crippled for life; and (4) a second-string lineman like my first cousin could take a modest handful of the "cabbage" collected during the game from certain charitable donors with a rooting edge, leaving his writing hand uncramped and his calendar unburdened.





Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:32 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

The kid is overrated and a flake. He knows he cant cut it at LSU. Why do you think he picked IU to begin with. So he could look good on a horrible team rather than be scared out of his Tu Tu's on a good team and look bad. Hey mom, look under his bed. He may be hiding there. Who knows? maybe I'm wrong. Don't think I am but no hard feelings if I so.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:08 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

He found out that he's not LSU's top paid recruit ... and he's pissed off about it ... Miles is going to have to make those recruits sign a confidentiality agreement to never talk about their salary ...



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:53 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

Sound the attention whore alert for this guy!  Regardless, if he really wants to play early and often like some have suggested then he just needs to go to Indiana and try to sway some of the local talent to come on board and try to build something at the former basketball school.  Even if he goes to Notre Dame they still Andrew Hendrix Everett Golson and even Turnover Tommy so he really must think he is something special if he thinks he will start from day one there.  He isn't a quarterback that fits the system Notre Dame / Brian Kelly wants to run and even though Notre Dame fans would want him as a recruit I am sure some know that that scholarship could be used on someone who will actually see the field and fills a need.  As far as LSU goes, if he goes there it may be the best school to go to in terms of competition but I cannot recall a recent LSU QB (other than Matt Flynn in his limited opportunities) doing much in the NFL, then again the same can be said of Indiana and Notre Dame QB's as well.  To sum it up, if he wants to see the field right away then just put the prom dress back in the closet, stop being an attention whore and go to Indiana, if he wants to sit the bench for 2-3 years go to either Notre Dame or LSU. 



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