Gunner Kiel is transferring from Notre Dame, no one is surprised

March 8, 2013 – 2:40 am by Ryan Phillips

Gunner Kiel

Quarterback Gunner Kiel has decided to transfer away from Notre Dame after just one year on campus. The freshman redshirted during the 2012 season after enrolling early from high school last year. Kiel gained notoriety during his recruitment by committing and de-committing to both Indiana and LSU before finally landing in South Bend.

Kiel’s departure from Notre Dame comes as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about his situation. The kid went so far as to schedule to enroll early at LSU before backing out to go to Notre Dame at the absolute last minute. Instead of informing LSU that he wasn’t coming, Kiel just didn’t show up for his first meeting on campus. That lead LSU head coach Les Miles went on to blast Kiel for his decision and questioned his leadership ability.

Our sources close to the Kiel family never thought Gunner would last with the Tigers or Irish, so this development was long expected by many.

In 2012, Kiel was part of an open competition for the starting quarterback job at Notre Dame, but lost out to redshirt freshman Everett Golson. He was also buried on the depth chart behind junior Tommy Rees and redshirt sophomore Andrew Hendrix. The Irish welcomed early enrollee quarterback Malik Zaire this year, so it will be crowded under center in South Bend.

While Kiel was regarded as one of the top high school prospects in the nation in 2012, I have always thought he was extremely overrated (see another example here). I covered him numerous times during his career at East High School in Columbus, Indiana and was never blown away.

Kiel has good size at 6’4″ and 220 pounds, and possesses a solid arm, but he isn’t particularly accurate and doesn’t seem to have the feel for the position that separates top quarterbacks. Rivals rated him a five-star prospect during his senior year, and ranked him as the top pro-style quarterback in the nation and the 20th prospect overall. Frankly I considered him a decent signal-caller in a terribly weak class.

According to several sources, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Ball State will likely be in the mix for Kiel now that he is leaving Notre Dame. Indiana will likely put in some effort to land him, but bridges were definitely burned when Kiel de-committed from the Hoosiers and it’s probably not a good fit at this point.

Leaving Notre Dame is just the latest chapter in the Gunner Kiel saga and we get the feeling that story isn’t close to being done yet.

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  1. 10 Responses to “Gunner Kiel is transferring from Notre Dame, no one is surprised”

  2. I will say this: I was more surprised when he showed up at Notre Dame than I am by him leaving. I’m not going to blast the kid, but he does need to sit down, look at ALL his options, and make the best decision that works for him. Not what his family wants. Not what the scouts and the ratings people say. Not what potential coaches want. Do what’s best for you, Gunner. And good luck.

    By MJenks on Mar 8, 2013

  3. heard he was going to ky.

    By kyheadhunter on Mar 8, 2013

  4. AU if we can come up with the $$

    By tigerbait on Mar 8, 2013

  5. Ball State would be the best place for Gunner, after all Big Ben came out of the MAC.

    By Jim Harbaugh on Mar 8, 2013

  6. Univ. Connecticut.

    By Noles2 on Mar 8, 2013

  7. I had the idea that this one would be a QB bust back in 2011 among all those de-committments and I was absolutely right. Might go to some FCS schools because BCS schools would be ‘too good’ for this egocentric QB

    By Johnathan on Mar 8, 2013

  8. He should go to Western Kentucky. Petrino is a quarterback coach, tough on players, and runs a pro set offense. He would learn to play, toughened up, and be in a bowl game.

    By Pistol Pete on Mar 8, 2013

  9. Jeff George part 2? I hope his talent does not go to waste but sure off to a very shakey start.

    By PV Mike on Mar 8, 2013

  10. A school would have to be absolutely dumb to spend the money on a scholarship with this kid, when they know they will have him a year max.

    He should be at a Junior College at best.

    By Tim Spence on Mar 8, 2013

  11. He should just stay at ND, and fight for the job! I think he is just hurting himself by jumping from one school to the next! Would he be leaving if ND had won that BCS game? Good luck where ever he lands.

    By Bill Hanel on Mar 8, 2013

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