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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.

Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Let the kid change his mind and go to Notre Dame and stop crucifying him on here. Coaches at every school pull out all the stops and promise the world to players, but when practice and classes start the real world begins. Good luck to him at Notre Dame. There are plenty of other recruits that will end up signing with the other big schools.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

You can take a snake and dress it up in crimson and white and give it a crystal trophy, but you know what???? IT'S STILL A SNAKE!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Actually I did, I figured if he did it a Michigan St., he'd do it to us........watch your back, he'll do it to you too.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Laughingstock my ass! Notre Dame has academic requirements that only Vandy can compare to in the SEC!



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Maybe now ND will stop being the laughingstock of college football!!!  



Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Maybe he don't like possum stew. Maybe he don't speak dat brand of English. Maybe he don't want no edjubication he gon' git down there in da bayou.
Come on back, y'all

Tater



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:14 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Hopefully Gunner Kiel's commitment/enrollment will lead to a few more blue chip recruits, who are undecided at this time, coming to Notre Dame.  GO IRISH!



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Talk is cheap.




Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Wait, it's okay not to keep your word, re: Nick Saban
You probably didn't have a problem when he spurned his last school and signed with LSU though ....



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Gunner Kiel enrolls at Notre Dame

Great score there, now I hope he doesn't fizzle out like Clausen and Quinn. Anything is better than Rees at this moment


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