Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 7:06 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
After decommitting from Indiana and delaying his decision several times, Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel has finally pulled the trigger and committed to LSU.
"I can't wait to play in the SEC," Kiel told 247Sports. "A lot of people call it the NFL of college football and it will be an exciting time. It would mean a lot to be a starting quarterback in such a great conference at a great school. I really love the players and the coaching staff. They were all great to me on my visit and seemed very welcoming."
Ranked as the top signal-caller in the class of 2012 and number two overall recruit by Maxpreps, Kiel holds scholarship offers from just about every program in the country, including Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, USC and others. He surprised plenty of folks by committing to Indiana in late July and new head coach Kevin Wilson but opened things back up in October. He quickly scheduled official visits to each of his finalists, Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt.
"To be honest I'm just reevaluating my decision," Kiel told CBSSports.com at the time. "I just want to go out and see other places and see if IU is the right place."
The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder threw for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns this season while also rushing for 11 scores. He led Columbus East to an 11-2 record his senior year and was named Indiana's "Mr. Football" by the Indianapolis Star.
Kiel's brother, Dusty, is a sophomore at Indiana and his uncle, Blair, played at Notre Dame.
The strong-armed and aptly named Gunner will enroll early in Baton Rouge after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7th.
The commitment of the top quarterback in the country is another big boost for the Tigers class of 2012, which now sits at 22 commits. LSU took three quarterbacks with last year's class and Kiel figures to battle talented junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger for the starting job upon arriving on campus. Prior to Kiel's pledge, Les Miles' next recruiting class was ranked 9th overall in the MaxPreps team rankings.
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."
More on Maxpreps: Notre Dame-USC game big for recruiting
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:50 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
In news that was shocking only with regards to its timing, five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel has decommitted from Indiana and reopened his recruitment.
“I’m just reevaluating my decision and plan on taking some future visits to other colleges,” Kiel told 247Sports on Friday morning.
Ranked as the top quarterback in the class of 2012 and number two overall by Maxpreps, Kiel committed to the Hoosiers in late July over national powers such as Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and USC. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder told new Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson Thursday night according to the report, two days after he was officially selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Kiel's brother, Dusty, is a sophomore at Indiana and his uncle, Blair, played at Notre Dame. In addition to taking several official visits, the aptly-named Gunner will take an unofficial visit to see the Irish play USC on Saturday.
After selecting Indiana, both of Kiel's other finalists, Oklahoma and Alabama, added commitments from quarterbacks. His Columbus East team will play Shelbyville in the opening round of the Indiana state playoffs on Friday night.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 4:55 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Look up and down the top 100 lists for the class of 2012 and a few people out there might spot a famous last name or two among the bunch.
Top quarterback and Indiana pledge Gunner Kiel's a recognizable name to Notre Dame fans who saw his uncle, Blair, play for the Irish. Auburn commit Zeke Pike's dad Mark played several years in the NFL. Mario Edwards Jr. is headed to Florida State because his father starred there under Bobby Bowden.
As much as those players have made a name for themselves on the football field, there's another 2012 recruit who is hoping more and more coaches are noticing him only for his play. If you're wondering where you might have heard of New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs, chances are you were likely thinking of his father, Sean "Diddy" Combs. Slowly but surely however, several FBS programs are coming around to see him as a legitimate defensive back prospect at the next level.
UCLA is the most recent scholarship offer for the younger Combs after he took a trip West to unofficially visit the Bruins during a pre-season scrimmage. Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming, Iowa and West Virginia are other programs to extend an offer with several other schools showing legitimate interest depending on how he plays his senior year.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder performed well for the 7-on-7 travel team "Goon Squad" over the summer and was a top performer at the Badger Sports national tournament. Combs was also recently invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January and joins his friend and top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy in the game. He'll be in-studio with his rap mogul father on the Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network Friday at 7 PM ET to discuss the latest with his recruitment and where he can see himself playing.
Click here for an excerpt from the interview. Combs' highlights from last season are below.
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Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 4:43 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:29 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
CLICK HERE FOR THE TOM LEMMING TOP 100 FOR 2012
It was no surprise to see Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham top the initial Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012. After all, the talented athlete was the first sophomore to ever win the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year award and he might have his own page in the state record books by the time he is finished.
The 6-foot-6, 220 pound Green-Beckham has some of the most impressive game film for a wide receiver in years and there was no doubt who Lemming thought was the best player in the class of 2012.
"He's got everything," Lemming said. "Height, super long arms, leaping ability, speed, and most of all, production. He's the best high school wide receiver since Randy Moss."
That's high praise for someone who hasn't even played their senior year of high school but Green-Beckham's impressive numbers back up the ranking. As a sophomore he caught 66 passes for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns and topped those numbers as a junior with 70 catches for 1,706 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Green-Beckham is also a talented athlete on the track and the court, leading his team to a state title in both sports. The big receiver is far and away the best player at his school in football and still puts up eye-popping numbers despite being double and sometimes even triple-teamed.
Holding scholarship offers from just about every school in the country, it's safe to say that Green-Beckham is drawing even more attention than last year's number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney. Although Big 12 schools close to home figure to play a key role in the recruiting process, top flight competition in the South is very intriguing to the talented wide receiver.
"A lot of the schools he has interest in are in the SEC," John Beckham, Green-Beckham's adopted father and high school coach told MaxPreps. "That seems to be where there are more schools that he's interested in."
The recruiting plans of the nation's number one player may be pushed back a bit however, as Green-Beckham deals with his brother Darnell, who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.
Despite the tragic news, the nation's top player will look to fight through the difficult situation and aim for an even more impressive senior campaign. No matter what though, expect to know the name Dorial Green-Beckham very well by the time Signing Day rolls around.
Kiel number two, several others in contention for top QB spot
After two down years at the quarterback position, the class of 2012 looks to be one of the stronger groups to come out of high school in the past few years. Columbus (Ind.) signal caller Gunner Kiel tops the position group rankings and slides in behind Green-Beckham as the number two overall player in Lemming's rankings.
The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Kiel is the nephew of former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel and his family is no stranger to the recruiting process with two brothers having gone through it. Brother Dusty is a quarterback at Indiana and his other brother, Drew, plays the same position at Illinois State. All three brothers might be quarterbacks but it's Blair who stands out as the most talented.
"He seems to have everything," Lemming said. "He's got great size, has the arm and all the intangibles to become a great college quarterback."
Kiel looks like a polished product on film and he has coaches from across the country salivating over the possibility of landing him. Notre Dame and Indiana are two schools that are recruiting him heavily that are close to home but Oklahoma, Missouri and Alabama are pursuing Kiel with all they've got. He recently took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to see the Crimson Tide and figures to make several other visits to schools this summer.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback and Texas commit Connor Brewer, Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike and Plant City (Fla.) standout Bennie Coney are just a few of the other quarterbacks nationally that add to a very good position group this year.
Good year along the offensive line
One of the best position groups in the country top to bottom in the Lemming Top 100 is the offensive linemen. Jacksonville (Fla.) tackle John Theus is the number six overall player and is just one of several players 6-foot-6 or taller that college coaches hope will be their left tackle of the future.
Four offensive lineman are in the top 20, including Tempe (Ariz.) tackle Andrus Peat, Charlotte (N.C.) lineman D.J. Humphries and Lakewood (Wash.) tackle Zach Banner. The West in particular has an especially good and deep group of lineman this year. If you consider, as many do, Elk Grove (Calif.) lineman Arik Armstead an offensive tackle instead of a defensive tackle, he might just be in contention for the number one overall ranking.
Florida leads the way, Texas not far behind
It's no surprise but once again Florida, Texas and California are well represented in the initial top 100. Florida has 16 players on the list, led by Theus and Tallahassee (Fla.) defensive back Travis Blanks.
Texas has 10 athletes on the list but staggeringly has three of the top 10, the only state with multiple players among the elite of the elite. Georgia continues to churn out quality Division I talent and this year is no different as eight players from the Peach State made the list. California also had eight players make the cut with several quality players just missing out.
School-wise, the Texas Longhorns are well represented on the Top 100 as usual. Wide receiver commit Cayleb Jones is the number three recruit overall and quarterback Connor Brewer is 28th overall. Offensive lineman Curtis Riser out of DeSoto (Texas) is 79th. Lane Kiffin continues to recruit well at USC, landing verbal commitments from Armstead and Westlake Village (Calif.) receiver Jordan Payton.
Florida State looks well on their way to putting together another top five class in 2012 with commitments from Denton (Texas) defensive end and number five player overall Mario Edwards, 29th ranked defensive end Dante Fowler and the last player to make the list, Cape Coral (Fla.) running back Mario Pender who checks in at number 100.
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