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Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: October 22, 2011 12:58 am
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. -- In news that was shocking only with regards to its timing, Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel decommitted from Indiana and opened up his recruitment Friday.

"To be honest I'm just reevaluating my decision," Kiel said. "I just want to go out and see other places and see if IU is the right place."

Ranked as the top quarterback in the class of 2012 and number two overall in the country by Maxpreps, Kiel committed to the Hoosiers in late July over national powers such as Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and USC.

"I think I made the right decision," he said of his original pledge. "Things happen. I thought hard about it but decided to go out and reevaluate it."

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder told new Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson Thursday night, two days after he was officially selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I just called him and told him I was re-evaluating my decision and will go out and visit some more schools," Kiel said.

Brother Dusty is a redshirt sophomore in Bloomington and Kiel maintained that the decommitment from the program had nothing to do with Dusty or the coaching staff. Their uncle, Blair, played quarterback at Notre Dame and the aptly-named Gunner will take an unofficial visit to see the Irish play USC Saturday night as he restarts the recruiting process.

"Yeah, I'm showing some interest in Notre Dame," Kiel said. "I'm looking forward to a great atmosphere. That's definitely a big rivalry game and it should be a lot of fun."

After selecting Indiana, both of Kiel's other finalists, Oklahoma, Mizzouri and Alabama, added commitments from quarterbacks. The complicated situation with the schools he previously considered is one explanation why the signal-caller remained tight-lipped as to which programs he would be looking at.

"I'm going to consider some other schools but I'm going to keep the (list) kind of personal right now," he said. "I just want to stay low again."

No decision has been made as to where he'll take official visits to but he'll settle on the first few destinations shortly after consulting with family members. Kiel added that distance is not a factor for any school and he will be using a set list of criteria that each finalist needs to have.

"Really just the same stuff I looked at last time," he said. "There's three main things: education, how well the coaching staff gets along with the players and how the players interact with each other and if they're a big family."

Columbus East defeated Shelbyville in the opening round of the Indiana state playoffs 49-21 on Friday night but the five-star didn't take a snap in the game, sitting out after slightly injuring himself during practice.

"I'm just a little nicked up, a little sore," Kiel said. "Coach just told me to rest up this week and get healthy for our next opponent next week. I could have played, I felt really healthy. I came out here and warmed up with the guys and was running around. I was good to go, just a little sore. I'll be alright."

Kiel is set to graduate in December and will enroll after playing in the All-American game, really the only clues as to what sort of timetable he is operating on for his decision.

"I'm still going to graduate at the end of the semester," he said. "I'm on the right path and have my grades looking good and I'm ready to go."

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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:01 am
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

"Ohio St has more players in the NFL than any school, so if he wants to play on Sundays he should probably be a Buckeye."

Fact check: Texas has the most active in NFL.  Notre Dame the most overall. 



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Best QB coach in the Country... Bobby Petrino


Will be at Arkansas for the entire time Kiel is in school... (Buyout of $18Million over 8 years)



Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

OK, IF KIEL WANTS TO PLAY IN THE NFL, HE JUST NEEDS TO PLAY HIS GAME WHICH IS FOOTBALL. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF A SO CALL (SEC) TEAM WANTS HIM OR A BIG 12 TEAM, THAT IS NOT GOING TO MATTER TO THE NFL STAFF WHICH WILL SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THE GUY. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT ON THERE TEAM, NOT WHAT COLLEGE HYPES THEM UP TO BE....




Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Ohio St has more players in the NFL than any school, so if he wants to play on Sundays he should probably be a Buckeye..



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

If he really wants to play with the men of college football, well, the SEC is the only place to be. Or you can rack up numbers against boys in the Pac 10, Big Ten, or Big 12.



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Losing 1 game to GA Tech will not hurt Clemson, Tech is in no position to make it to post season play!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Nobody cares!

I see all these desparate people hpoing this kid comes to their school.  Has anyone seen him play vs a real tough high school?  All the videos I've seen on him are vs schools with miniture CBs and LBs....who are also slow.

Stop pumping the guy up.

The most impressive thing I saw was an interception on youtube that he threw.

 

 

 




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:01 am
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Arizona State University is where the sun is and the chance to stay healthy and happy all year round. 



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

Gunner, I'd suggest you put Athens Georgia on the list to visit.

The Bulldogs have the biggest offensive line in football (college or pro) and there is a large focus on the football program and getting back to the top of the SEC.  In fact, they could make it to the SEC championship game this year with some help.  Academia at UGA is on the rise and it's actually hard to get accepted based on merit these days. Play in the best college football conference where the weather is warm and the ladies are gorgeous and sweet.

Wherever you choose to go, make a point to enjoy your time in college football.  You will look back on those days the rest of your life.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:02 am
 

Top QB Gunner Kiel reopens his recruitment

I was kinda shocked when i seen he committed to Indiana.I know they are his home state,but there are alot better options out there for him.Not a knock on Indiana but he can go to a school where he has a chance to win and has alot better players around him that will help him be a better player.



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