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Rumors flying about Gunner Kiel and Notre Dame

Nov 10, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

Gunner Kiel

There are rumors flying all over the internet that Notre Dame has received the commitment of  Gunner Kiel, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Kiel was an early target of the Irish before he committed to Indiana and new head coach Kevin Wilson, where he planned to join his brother Dusty in the depth chart. Kiel’s decommitment from the Hoosiers, then subsequent visit to Notre Dame for the Irish’s home game against USC, showed that the Irish were indeed back in the conversation for the Indiana native with Fighting Irish bloodlines.

While none of the premium recruiting websites have confirmed it yet, Sportscrack.com — better known for their witty t-shirts than breaking news — is reporting that Kiel has committed and will enroll early at Notre Dame. Kiel has always been an early enrollee candidate, but news that he’s committed to playing in South Bend would be a pretty big game-changer in the recruiting circuit, and another late-season coup for the Irish.

Just last year, it seemed like the Irish would go without a quarterback in their recruiting class until North Carolina commitment Everett Golson visited South Bend in early November. He committed to the Irish just a few weeks later, giving the Irish a dual-threat QB that was a prototype for Kelly’s offense that planned on enrolling early.

Whether or not Kiel will be in attendance this Saturday night at FedEx Field is up for debating depending on the reports you read. Either way, it seems that both offensive coordinator Charley Molnar and head coach Brian Kelly are leading the charge for Kiel and they’re doing a good job.

Again, there’s no proof that Kiel has committed or even plans to. He’s said in the past few weeks that he plans to make all his recruiting visits before he chooses a school from a list of the country’s finest programs. That said, there’s an awful lot of smoke around the Irish and Kiel. Whether that means a commitment from Rivals.com’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback remains to be seen.

 

  1. NDfan1224 - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    That would be a nice addition for ND will be interesting to see the QB battle next spring
    http://ndgdn.com/

    • NDfan1224 - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      Irish fans dont forget to vote for this years biggest ND fan, Vote for this guy he;s the best GO IRISH!!!
      http://www.showyourobsessionnotredame.com/SitePages/search_results.aspx?video=http%3A%2F%2Fc753588.r88.cf2.rackcdn.com%2F2011_10_4_13_12_38_greg_dupont_3_ly.mp4&keyword=greg%20dupont

    • tedlinko - Nov 10, 2011 at 7:17 PM

      It would be interesting. Gunner’s certainly got the pedigree and the Rivals ranking. Don’t think you turn down a prospect like that no matter what your QB situation looks like, but it would certainly create a logjam at the position with a bunch of guys with a lot of eligibility.

  2. dickasman - Nov 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Guys what concerns me is that he’s “pro style offense” qb. Is Charlie Weis coming back?

    • nudeman - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      Clown Alert on dickasman

      You absolutely can NOT turn your back on a talent like this

      Everyone comes to top tier programs like ND, Alabama, Fla, etc etc with their eyes wide open,

      There’s always someone coming up in the next class or two who will challenge you. Don’t like it? Go to a second tier program

      • dickasman - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:45 PM

        Mrs. Nudeman, let me remind you that this is internet public forum. You don’t run $hit. You are not the only one with an opinion. I’d love to show you what my pretty lil clownface look like in person. I bet you would NOT say that to my face. I can guarantee you a firm handshake but can’t promise anything else after that. I will put my face to all of the comments that I’ve made. Will you? We should meet up at next ND home game and discuss further in person…thoughts?

      • nudeman - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        dickasman

        Bit of a short fuse there, buddy. You just have your first ever beer?

        I won’t be meeting you anywhere to “settle” anything, anytime soon.

        Sorry.

    • nddomer2 - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM

      His high school runs the spread and read option.

      • dickasman - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:58 PM

        I swear when I read this article that it said “pro style” offense. I think keith edited it. I know he’s a top qb and I think his top choice was ND all along but wanted to be wanted like top QB and didn’t get the love he was looking for. I never believed that he would attend IU. He’d be taking his own brother’s job. I think he wanted to go to ND all along but he wanted to be wanted badly. Im assuming that Warriner and Bk are finally showing him proper love.

      • andy44teg - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        @ dick

        “Whether that means a commitment from Rivals.com’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback remains to be seen.”

        Last sentence, last paragraph.

      • guster222 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        Yes, his HS runs a offense that is supposed to be similar to ND. But I think it is the scouts that are calling him a pro style QB. MAybe that is causing some confusion for some people?

      • dickasman - Nov 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

        Ms. Nudewoman, you are sooo lame. You are the typical douchetard faceless internet keyboard wanna warrior. I am willing to put my pretty lil face with my pretty lil screen name anytime you wanna meet up, woman. You should call yourself Mrs. Nudewoman cause you ain’t no man.

        Thanks Andy I see it now.

    • bernhtp - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      This kid has legs, unlike you know who. Look at his highlight video on youtube, which is replete with both scrambles and designed runs. I’m not sure why he is labeled Pro Style other than he can clearly do this. He appears to be more a Hendrix+.

      • xavty - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

        He had 28 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this past season. 12 rushing touchdowns definitely means this guy is not a statue.

  3. TriniND - Nov 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    This would be a hell of a coup by BK and staff!!!

    Sadly, I can’t help but think ahead to all the message board posts by all the crazy ND fans after the first INT of next season… “BK doesnt know what he’s doing! Put in Gunner!” :D

  4. jonrambo - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    ND fields an all star team every year, yet continues underachieve and suck. Gunner will be a fine addition to this tradition of disappointment and failure.

    • 1historian - Nov 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM

      The above is, I must admit, a bit disrespectful, but there are more than a few kernels of truth to be found there.

    • guster222 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      Notre Dame football has been a big disappointment when it comes to elite college football. The administrations have made big mistakes with coaches. We will see if this administration made the right one with Kelly.

      However, your comment on fiedling an all-star team is way off. her has been some recruiting success but it does not compare with the suc cess of mot other top flight schools. Before Kelly there was a perenial weakness on the defensive, especially consistent top Dl recruiting.

      Your overwhelmingly negative comment looks like you don’t show much interest in sumbitting valuable contributions.

      • 1historian - Nov 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        Work on your spelling.

        please

  5. dmac4real - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Give me Golson. His highlight videos are a lot more impressive than Kiel’s.

    • seeeye - Nov 11, 2011 at 2:03 AM

      Bzzzzzzttt…wrong answer

      Give Coach Kelly all the guys he wants and let him decide who plays.

      • 1historian - Nov 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

        That’s why he makes the big money

    • fitz79 - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Whoever ends up being the starting quarterback having more talent in the pool and more competition in the spring and summer raises everyone’s level of play. Not too mention football’s a sport where injuries abound. But don’t underestimate the importance of redshirting guys. Golson will be redshirted this year. If there’s too many talented QB’s this kid could be redshirted next year keeping him for down the road. Too much talent is never a problem.

  6. acerman - Nov 11, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    dont eat at a place called moms…..play poker with a guy named ace……or get excited about someone whose name is gunner……

  7. seanb20124 - Nov 11, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Stay on topic please.

    IMO, in today’s game kids want things given to them especially at the QB position. Logjam at the position = transfers. I may be wrong

    • bernhtp - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      Most programs have 4-6 recruited QBs, and the starter needs to win the job from other talented guys. Notre Dame is no different. Kelly uses open competition to not only choose but also develop his players. Anyone coming into the program knows they need to win the job. The losers sometimes shift to other positions while others are backups hoping for the day when their number is called.

      A possible exception to all of this was Weiss with Clausen. CW gave the job to Jimmy pretty early in the process, and it seemed before Jimmy was ready physically, health-wise (he had an elbow problem), and in experience.

      I don’t see anything in the history or DNA of Kelly that indicates he would pre-anoint a QB for the starting role. If Kiel signed, he would need to compete like anyone else.

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