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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.
Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:00 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

The young man must have watched the NCG and realized what the rest of the country already knew: He doesn't want to play in the SEC and get the %@$# knocked out of him every Saturday.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:39 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

He's Blair's nephew.



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:38 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

The young man must have watched the NCG and realized what the rest of the country already knew, the SEC is a fraud. 


bluegray213
Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:38 am
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:17 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

The kid is looking for the best chance to play early.  Its pretty clear Mettenburg wil be the Tiger QB1.  Good luck to him.  By the way any relationship to Blair Keil...of ND fame?



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:13 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

sporthc
is this guy Bi-Polar or something? I dont think he knows what end is up I think any school should be cautious of this character!


No, he's just a kid. Everyone, but especially kids, don't know what they want and change their mind on a whim. He has his reason - or not - and it doesn't matter. 



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:11 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

I'd go easy on the guy. When countless media members and coaches stalk an 18 year old and pressures him to make up his mind on one of the most important decisions of his young life, the guy is bound to be indecisive. He also has to keep up with other recruiting news to see where he is most likely to get a starting job and the best look so he has the best shot at the NFL





Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:08 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



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:05 am
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

But you're a Gump, it's expected.





Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Where in the world is Gunner Kiel landing?

ALABAMA 21   LSU ZEREAUX

I'd be having second thoughts too!


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