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Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:31 pm
By Bryan Fischer and Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

It looks like Gunner Kiel will be Irish after all.

The nation's No. 2 recruit and top quarterback committed to LSU shortly after Christmas, but has spurned the Tigers at the 11th hour, enrolling at Notre Dame.

"This recruitment process was a roller-coaster ride at times, but I know I have made the right decision for my family and me," Kiel said in the school's release. "There were three critical elements I was looking for in my future school: the quality of education I would receive, the distance from home and the comfort level I would have with the players and coaches in the football program. Notre Dame was the perfect fit for me because it hit all three areas.

"Coach Kelly was great throughout my recruitment, as many times our conversations had nothing do with football. That really showed me he had my best intentions in mind. He was persistent yet also patient while recruiting me and I look forward to playing for him the next four years. I couldn't be happier to be a member of the Fighting Irish football team. I'm excited about the future of the program."

Kiel, who graduated from Columbus East (Columbus, Ind.) in January, was set to begin classes at LSU when the semester began on Tuesday.

However, rumors began to swirl on Monday that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal caller had not traveled to Baton Rouge and may have been wavering on his commitment to LSU.

This marks the second time Kiel has backed off a verbal commitment; he reneged on an earlier pledge to attend Indiana University.

His commitment gives Notre Dame help at a position in which it's sorely needed. It also takes away some of the sting of losing Ron Darby (uncommitted) and Taylor Decker (Ohio State) in recent days.

Jeremy Liggins, a dual-threat quarterback from Mississippi, could now emerge as a top target for LSU, which is also thin at quarterback.

Notre Dame is waiting to receive word on possibly landing Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) star Arik Armstead, who's expected to make his decision today.

According to LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau, Kiel's mother is the biggest reason why the quarterback is in South Bend instead of Baton Rouge.


Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:22 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Well sweetie, we would not want him to graduate with the same ignorance you did! ROLL TIDE!

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:12 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Wait, it's okay not to keep your word, re: Nick Saban

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:51 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

"Screw him, he saw les "hllbilly" miles screw up in the biggest game in LSU history and figured I need to get as far away from this idiot as I possibly can.  He also probably talked with Jarret Lee by phone and was told, run Forest run as far away from Miles as you can.  So now the downward spiral at LSU will continue."

don't desecrate the "hillbilly" moniker by applying it to les miles. we hillbillies want nothing to do w/his ilk at all.......................... 

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:47 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

my only problem witht he timing is a simple one

1- Only 5 scholarship athletes can enroll early.  LSU had 6 commitments that wanted to come early.  Last week LSU was being chided that 1 kid was asked to pay his way for one semester until he could start receiving his scholarship in the fall.  That kid decided to go somewhere else because he could start his scholarship there now.

If LSU knew Kiel was not coming they may not have lost the other kid


I like players who bleed purple and gold and want to be at LSU

Miller and Kiel are good, but with no P&G blood I think the guys we get to replace them will better serve our tradition...

I hope they find peace and happiness at ND and Auburn respectively!

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:45 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Kiel said one of the three critical elements he was looking for in his future school was,"the quality of education I would receive". Why was he even looking at SEC schools then? Beats me!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:44 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

The next hyped up average ND QB?

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:39 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

hey skyline

1- I really dont care that he backed down.  1st he would have sat 2 years before ever taking a snap.  And if he was lucky he starts 2 years

2- 3 weeks ago he didnt know ND was his answer? 

3- exactly which of the mighty D's he will face are good?

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:34 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

N.D. Schedule lest year.....

Michigan(BCS game)
Mich. ST.(Big 10 Championship game)
Wake Forest
Stanford(BCS Game)
Fla. ST.

That's cupcake?  How many FBS schools is that?

That's a funny comment........

All SEC schools schedule at least 2 FBS schools.....

Not Notre Dames fault that the ACC Was bad this year......

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:30 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Notre Dame plays Navy every year, play Army and Air Force like every 6 or 7 years. Let's not forget USC, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Oklahoma, etc.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:26 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

The kid is not stupid. At ND, you get to beat up on Army, Navy and Air Force. You get to pile up status against a cupcake schedule and then become an NFL bust. The SEC would not be a good place for this guy.
So Dave, I guess USC, Michigan, Michigan St. Stanford Oklahoma, and Texas are now cupcakes? And LSU's power schedule of N. Texas, Idaho, Towson, Furman, and UAB must have scared the pants off him - not to mention those 3 or 4 road games a year. Yep, not a good place at all to pile up those stats. Of course piling up thsoes stats is what it is all about. A good education or what your mother wants - who cares?

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