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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: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:36 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Gipper, or he could have seen Rees throw terrible pass after terrible pass in the bowl game and thought, "Man, I got this in the bag in spring training."  My dad is an enormous ND fan and I thought he was gonna chuck a chair through my TV during the game.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:35 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:33 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

I heard he saw that TV show "Swamp People" on the History Channel and he didn't want to turn out like that...

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:31 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Who cares what his reasons were?

Good question. At least him and his mother. But this raises a question.....if LSU and its fans care so little about Kiel, then why should he care about you? As others have pointed out, if LSU decided they found a better recruit, they would have left him high and dry just like they and other schools have done in the past. I'm guessing LSU fans wouldn't be complaining about the lack of class on LSU's behalf even though LSU's decisions are made by adults as opposed to kids.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:30 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Indecision like that is a character trait, and it will translate to the football field

I's like a kid in a candy store with every candy imaginable but being told you can ony have your choice of one, you can sample and see what you might like, but in the end you walk out with one....

1st, you don't even know really what you are looking for, then you think you've found it, only to later find something better, and so on.

These guys are kids, and trying to make a decision at 17-18 years old that will affect the rest of their lives. To call indecision a character trait at such a young age, on such a grand stage, is plain ignorant...most 17-18 year olds have no freaking clue what they want right now, let alone for the rest of their lives...this one decision will shape the rest of his's ok to be indecisive...nothing wrong with it at all.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:29 pm
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Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:28 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.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:23 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Sorry but no LOI means no committment.  Verbal means nothing.  Much the same way colleges offer 75 schollies when they only have 60 available.  That means some kids get the shaft.  Kiel did nothing but operate under the system in place. It works both ways. I have a feeling LSU will be fine. 

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:18 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

He changed his mind the day he was supposed to show up. LSU lost an early enroll recruit in Patrick Miller to Auburn because of it. LSU Fans and Coaches have the right and should be livid about this. Nobody's really acting like they never wanted it, but as a LSU fan, I don't want him now, even if he switched back. It was a very classless move no matter if he's a kid or not. All in all we just lost to recruits because of his immature decision making that obviously showed during the all american game. Who cares what his reasons were? It's just plain wrong.

Les Miles to recruit.....  "Sorry kid, that 6'8" 320 OL just decommitted from SC and wants to come here, we no longer have a spot for you, even though you committed to us 3 months ago.  Good luck finding a school who want's or has room for you now......  Sucker"!!!!

What's the difference?

Bunch of damn crybabay SEC bitches...................

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:17 pm

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

"What sealed the deal for me was not my mother.  No, coach Kelly let me ride up in a big outdoor elevator type thing so I could see the whole campus and the football field.  He didn't just want to talk football.  He also talked about being a filmmaker and asked if strong winds bothered me.  Coach really listened to me and said I can ride in it again even if the other kids want to.  I'm #1. Coach is pushing the button now, wheeeeeeee....I'm taller than everyone."

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