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LSU lands commitment from top-ranked ’12 QB Kiel

Gunner Kiel AP

Two months after pulling his commitment from Indiana and reopening his recruitment, Gunner Kiel has decided on a school a little bit further south than his original choice.

Kiel, the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals.com, announced Tuesday evening that he’s flipping his non-binding verbal commitment to LSU, becoming the 22nd commit in the Tigers’ 2012 class.  Back in July, Kiel’s decision reportedly came down to the home-state Hoosiers and Alabama; this time around, Kiel chose the Tigers over Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.

“I woke up Friday morning and knew I wanted to be a Tiger,” Kiel told MyIndianaFootball.com. “I can’t wait to be a Tiger.”

Kiel will graduate from Columbus (Ind.) East High School early and enroll in college in January, meaning he will be available to participate in spring practice.

With the expiring eligibility of both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, Kiel will compete for the starting QB job with, among others, Zach Mettenberger beginning in the spring.  Mettenberger, a transfer from Georgia, will likely head into those sessions as the early favorite.

In addition to being Rivals‘ top-rated pro-style QB, the recruiting service also rates the 6-4, 220-pound Kiel as the No. 19 prospect at any position in the country.  As a senior this past season, Kiel threw for over 2,500 yards, ran for nearly 500 more and combined for 39 touchdowns — 28 passing, 11 rushing.

He had also received scholarship offers from, among others, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, USC and Wisconsin

Dusty Kiel, one of the high schooler’s two older brothers, is a quarterback at Indiana.

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55 Responses to “LSU lands commitment from top-ranked ’12 QB Kiel”
  1. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Dec 27, 2011 6:37 PM

    At least the Kiel family has a positive news item this holiday season. His father is named in a suit to clawback money he received from a pyramid scheme.

  2. polegojim says: Dec 27, 2011 6:40 PM

    Good for him and LSU.

    They’re going to need every bit of him.

  3. nonoose says: Dec 27, 2011 7:09 PM

    How come you didn’t mention Phillip Rivers’ younger brother? He’s a QB at LSU too.

  4. dbelaga says: Dec 27, 2011 7:20 PM

    Too bad for IU!

  5. thekatman says: Dec 27, 2011 7:57 PM

    Probably the reason he wants to QB at LSU is because LSU is in the BcS CG, nothing else. If I were a QB, LSU wouldn’t even bee on my list of schools. In fact, no SEC school would be on my list, as I’d want to QB at a school that runs a pro style offense.

  6. vbboyd says: Dec 27, 2011 8:04 PM

    At least he won’t be going to Oklahoma thank God. Now if Texas could land Doriel Green Beckum to come play for the Longhorns. That would be great or just so long as he decided to not go play for the Sooners.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:31 PM

    And the rich keep getting richer. But that’s ok. My daughter just gave me a great (purple) t-shirt for the NC game. The Big Easy Bash! Can’t wait.

  8. BrownsTown says: Dec 27, 2011 8:42 PM

    Wow, what a mercenary. He was a great story when he committed to home-state IU. Now, he’s just another kid that doesn’t want to be a leader. Too bad.

  9. ckerwin says: Dec 27, 2011 9:09 PM

    Now with 3 Pro style QB’s Mettenberger, Rivers & Kiel, watch how LSU stretches the field with Ruben Randle, Russell Shepard, Odell Beckham, Jr, James Wright and Jarvis Landry. If you think this years team was LUCKY, You haven’t seen anything yet. LSU loses only 3 key members from this years squad. So please feel free to continue to put LSU down. 2012 is the year of the TIGER!!!!! Love purple. Live gold!!!!

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 27, 2011 9:12 PM

    Congrats to Gunner, after receiving a commitment from Coach Miles that the QB situation was open to the best candidate, that was what it took, along with his uncle’s recommendation to check out and visit LSU. LSU Tigers danced in his head, rather than sugar plums, so we welcome him to LSU, hoping he will still be there on signing day.

    It may well be a great laugh on those who announced loudly that Gunner would NEVER come to LSU. We need some more like this one…they can’t all go to Texas to be under achievers under Coach Brown. (That comes from UT grads with whom I work.) They proffer that if LSU or Alabama or some other teams had the recruits Texas has had for the past many years that they would have won national championships at least every other year.

  11. wuznar says: Dec 27, 2011 9:26 PM

    Congratulations Gunner and welcome to Tigerland! I am excited to see you in purple and gold and hope you have a very successful stay at LSU. I fully expect Coach Kragthorpe help you develop at the next level and maximize your potential as a QB. I see more NC titles in LSU’s future with Gunner Kiel under center.

  12. bamajimtide1 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:30 PM

    LOL this is the same kid that wanted to come to Alabama, but Saban told him,” Thanks,but no thanks.

  13. 1historian says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 PM

    can you say “graduation rate” boys and girls?

  14. 1historian says: Dec 27, 2011 9:39 PM

    Good luck, kid

  15. texbornlsufan says: Dec 27, 2011 10:11 PM

    Katman you idiot LSU runs a pro-style offense and if you knew anything about football you would know that.
    All you Alabama fans who still think you won the game on 11/5 suck on that!

    Geaux Tigers

  16. 10of14 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:19 PM

    Coach Kelly at ND has to be puking…he blew this deal. ND had this sealed until the QB debacle there. Kiel went numb cold on ND after watching Kelly’s circus act in South Bend. You’re welcome LSU…

  17. lsustiger says: Dec 28, 2011 9:13 AM

    thekatman…you’re an idiot! LSU does run a pro style offense. Before you go running off at the mouth, you should at least know what the hell you are talking about!

  18. thetimestheyrchangin says: Dec 28, 2011 9:25 AM

    Sounds like a real flip flopper. Not exactly the kind of skill set a top notch team is looking for in it’s quarter back. Who will it be next week? Who will lure him away to their school? I am doubtful of kids who cannot be more decisive than this; not to mention LSU wasn’t exactly his first choice was it?

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  19. bayoubauer says: Dec 28, 2011 9:28 AM

    nonoose says:
    Dec 27, 2011 7:09 PM
    How come you didn’t mention Phillip Rivers’ younger brother? He’s a QB at LSU too.

    “Among others”

    Did you actually read every word?

  20. bayoubauer says: Dec 28, 2011 9:30 AM

    bamajimtide1 says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:30 PM
    LOL this is the same kid that wanted to come to Alabama, but Saban told him,” Thanks,but no thanks.

    Pull your head out of Nicky’s a$$ for just a second. Didn’t he say the same thing about Drew Brees?

  21. dkhhuey says: Dec 28, 2011 9:58 AM

    I always thought it was odd that a kid with this much talent would commit to Indiana to play. It was a nice thought at first but I’m guessing he actually started to watch them play and realized he would be the one trying to guide that mess for the next 4 years – that changed his perspective just a wee bit!

  22. hoggette says: Dec 28, 2011 11:07 AM

    Katman….Arkansas runs a true Pro Set Offense with Bobby Petrino at WR University.
    Vvboyd……DGB is coming closer to home at University of Arkansas at WR University. Texas…nope

  23. irish2013 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:13 AM

    Guys, before you get all excited about this commitment, know that this Kiel kid is way way overrated. Notre Dame was well aware of this and did not care one way or another.
    He put up those numbers against weak defenses.
    When he did go up against the Indianapolis Cathedral defense, he was lost. He could not adjust to the blitzes, change protections etc.etc.
    Final score 62-7 Cathedral. LSU fans, hate to burst your bubble but this is the truth.
    There were other quarterbacks in Indiana that fared much better against Cathedral.

  24. irish2013 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:39 AM

    The folks here in Indianapolis were all excited in anticipation of the Cathedral/Columbus East matchup. This was all based on the Gunner Kiel hype. What a letdown !!! The game was over at the end of the first quarter.
    We really wanted to see him succeed but he was in way over his head. True, Cathedral has some D1 recruits but not the number he would have faced had he gone up against the likes of Warren Central and Carmel. 62-7 Cathedral, really !!! Best quarterback in the US ?
    He chose IU so he would always have an excuse when they lost. Coach Wilson would not let the Kiel family run the program so they took away their pledge and went home.
    LSU fans, I hope he lives up to your expectations but dont hold your breaths !

  25. theufootball says: Dec 28, 2011 11:51 AM

    DGB is going to Arkansas. Credible sources have given this info.

  26. bayoubauer says: Dec 28, 2011 12:54 PM

    @ irish2013,

    What’s the point of going out of your way to tell us how much this guy sucked in one game? Jesus, you sound like a jealous ex girlfriend or something.

  27. thekatman says: Dec 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    @Irish2013 is jsut saving you guys from being totally embarrassed by being sucked into the hyp[e of this player, by not really knowing anything about this kid other than what you read in the sports blogs. I’d rather hear someone’s opinion who has seen a player in action over several games, than the report of a sportwriter who watches highlight reels.

  28. nonoose says: Dec 28, 2011 1:13 PM

    bayoubauer says:
    Dec 28, 2011 9:28 AM

    nonoose says:
    Dec 27, 2011 7:09 PM
    How come you didn’t mention Phillip Rivers’ younger brother? He’s a QB at LSU too.

    “Among others”

    Did you actually read every word?

    How is saying “Among others” the equivalent to saying Phillip Rivers’ younger brother? Rivers’ name recognition alone warrants usage. “Among others” doesn’t qualify as mentioning him.

    So apparently you decided to nitpick my comment, accusing me of failing to read, when in reality you are the one who cannot read.

  29. thekatman says: Dec 28, 2011 1:17 PM

    @texbornlsufan: it is obvious, through your sophmoric comment that you are a child. As for LSU’s pro style offense, you need a pro style QB to run it, not an imitation QB.

    @hogette: you are a lady of substance, style and class. Yes Arkansas runs a pro style, just that the QB needs to be better.

  30. hoggette says: Dec 28, 2011 1:38 PM

    Arkansas QB was tops in the SEC. He is very good but needs maturity in young offensive line and a better defense to keep him off the field so much.

  31. irish2013 says: Dec 28, 2011 2:38 PM

    bayoubauer

    You apparently don’t read too well.
    I have seen this kid play in many games over the past few years. He will put up numbers against mediocre competition but not in the big games that matter. Mine are real game observations and not based on highlight reels and such. Columbus East plays in a weak conference and when they come up against real teams like Cathedral, they fail.
    I was rooting for Kiel and was shocked that he could not do anything to help his team when it mattered.
    And I have your ex-girlfriend right here dude.

  32. irish2013 says: Dec 28, 2011 2:42 PM

    it is not by accident that his 2 brothers are playing at IU and some other no-name college.
    None of those brothers have done anything against the power houses in our State.
    Know that I am not an LSU hater, just giving you and honest opinion and a fair warning.

  33. bullneck11 says: Dec 28, 2011 3:59 PM

    John:

    You mysteriously left Alabama off of schools offering a scholarship to Gunner Kiel. In fact, it was Alabama that went full speed ahead on Kiel right after he decommitted to Indiana. Bama’s Nick Saban gave it a hard charge until Kiel narrowed down to LSU, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt.

  34. bullneck11 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:06 PM

    Irish2013:

    So now that Notre Dame lost out on Kiel, you want to say he is not that good. In other words the experts and recruiting gurus don’t know talent when they see it. Is that it ?

    Well he will not be given anything at LSU, and if he can’t win the job, there is no expectation as LSU is already well fixed at quarterback with Zack Mettenberger and others.

    Kiel is a 5 star recruit and at this point we LSU Tiger fans are very excited to get him. Time will tell all of us if he is as good as advertised.

  35. bullneck11 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    thekatman:

    You and Irish2013 must just be such nice guys that want to rain on LSU parade by saying he is not that good and just want to help us.

    Well thanks but I will stick to the Experts opinions for now as they seem to have more qualifications than either of you two.

    Your criticism of Tyler Wilson is very unfounded as that guy is a great quarterback, but against defenses like LSU and Alabama he just met his match just like everybody else has. He lost only two games and they were to the two Best Teams in the Country.

    Being ranked as the # 1 Qb in the rugged SEC should speak volumes to most guys, but I guess since he is not playing for ND or some other midwest team you chose to degrade a great QB like Tyler Wilson. Rather than critcize Wilson, why not send your team on down and see what happens.

  36. John Taylor says: Dec 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    @bullneck11: You must have missed the part where I wrote “Back in July, Kiel’s decision reportedly came down to the home-state Hoosiers and Alabama.”

  37. bayoubauer says: Dec 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    @irish2013,

    “And i have your ex girlfriend right here dude”

    Really? What grade are you in?

    Deb even comes up with better insults than that.

    Weaksauce, dude.

  38. csrubar says: Dec 28, 2011 9:55 PM

    You know, it’s really sad when a guy hasn’t even made it out of high school and people are talking sh@ about how bad this guy is!!! The people that are talking down on this guy, time will tell!!! N 4 U BAMA fans…. January 9th!!!! The day Saban will cry on National TV!!! GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!

  39. bozosforall says: Dec 29, 2011 4:55 PM

    thekatman says:
    Dec 27, 2011 7:57 PM
    Probably the reason he wants to QB at LSU is because LSU is in the BcS CG, nothing else. If I were a QB, LSU wouldn’t even bee on my list of schools. In fact, no SEC school would be on my list, as I’d want to QB at a school that runs a pro style offense.

    __
    A school that runs a “pro style offense”? Like Arkansas (of the SEC) does? And that’s just the most obvious example of how little you know about SEC programs.

    I’ll quote someone else who recently analyzed the SEC in greater detail to educate you though:

    “Saying that the SEC is “a ground-oriented league”: SEC football should not be defined by the past 2-3 years. I guess you guys in the Big 12 have forgotten that in the middle of the last decade, just 6 or 7 years ago, the SEC West had future #1 NFL draft picks Eli Manning at Ole Miss, JaMarcus Russell at LSU, and Jason Campbell at Auburn running pro-style offenses. In the SEC East, Florida and Kentucky were running spread passing offenses, Tennessee and Georgia were running pro-style offenses, plus Jay Cutler was at Vanderbilt. Go back a few more years and you had Steve Spurrier at Florida running the fun-n-gun with Rex Grossman, Peyton Manning at Tennessee, Tim Couch at Kentucky (with Mike Leach as his offensive coordinator) … look there are a lot of ways to win in the SEC. Nick Saban and Les Miles just happen to be on top right now, and don’t forget that Les Miles is an offense guy (remember when he was at Oklahoma State?) … he just doesn’t have a QB or even an offensive coordinator right now (for a bunch of reasons that I won’t get into) so he is playing to his strengths.”

    What morons you SEC haters are.

  40. bozosforall says: Dec 29, 2011 4:59 PM

    irish2013 says:
    Dec 28, 2011 2:38 PM
    bayoubauer

    You apparently don’t read too well.
    I have seen this kid play in many games over the past few years. He will put up numbers against mediocre competition but not in the big games that matter. Mine are real game observations and not based on highlight reels and such. Columbus East plays in a weak conference and when they come up against real teams like Cathedral, they fail.
    I was rooting for Kiel and was shocked that he could not do anything to help his team when it mattered.
    And I have your ex-girlfriend right here dude.

    __
    Yeah, he has your ex-girlfriend alright, bauer…and she is rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably ever since “irish” dropped his pants and she saw his little “shillelagh”. Poor “irish” is crying in his whisky because she made him realize that he will never satisfy a real woman.

  41. bozosforall says: Dec 29, 2011 5:03 PM

    1historian says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:32 PM
    can you say “graduation rate” boys and girls?

    __
    Only losers from the Northeast worry about graduation rate. Makes them feel better about themselves when their weak ass programs fail year in and year out. But for the mercenary pro programs in residence there, New England would be a sports wasteland…and even that is nigh on the horizon once the stars of those pro franchises age and then retire.

  42. goblue714 says: Dec 31, 2011 8:50 AM

    I wonder how many loaded briefcases fell into his dads lap from LSU booster’s? Because in the SEC it’s ok to pay the dad’s.

  43. tigersgeaux says: Dec 31, 2011 2:47 PM

    After seeing the pitiful QB play by the Irish QB, I wonder why they did not pursue Gunner with all dispatch? They need a QB. After recruiting so many over the past 10 years and having so many transfer or be switched to another position, someone there must learn how to manage the QBs.

    goblue714: spend your time communicating with your AD and putting pressure on him to schedule LSU field on field with LSU, rather than the crap you just posted.

  44. goblue714 says: Dec 31, 2011 3:01 PM

    So cam newtons dad didn’t admit he recieved money? I’m pretty sure he did and the NCAA did nothing. I’m wondering how LSU just magically appeared to land kiel.

  45. suprmous says: Dec 31, 2011 3:25 PM

    Guys, please give up the hatred. Gunner’s doin what he feels is right for him. He’ll fit in fine with Zack and all will be right with the O and the world as we know it. goblue, I doubt very seriously that he was in the same boat or position that scammy cammy was in. He had his reasons for leavin and lets just say it was his decision and not for us to judge. Gunner’s no dummy. Maybe just maybe he saw where LSU bein #2 re graduation stats is concerned he felt this was another reason to come. Sooooo, lets just give him a chance and like I said not judge him.

  46. tigersgeaux says: Dec 31, 2011 5:57 PM

    goblue714: The FBI so far has not come up with any credible information that Cam’s father received any money, just that there was a discussion about money. The huge number of national and foreign press who sent hundreds of their investigative reporters to Starkville, MS, Auburn, AL and all areas have not found any payoff or money change hands. The FBI still has the investigation open, but to this point has found no credible evidence.

    Since you apparently post without knowledge, and then falsely accuse those who have no hint of a scandal, there were numerous threads about Gunner and his saga once he dropped his commitment to Indiana.

    His uncle recommended that he visit and consider LSU. There were no LSU alums or boosters involved. His uncle who did not want Gunner to go to his alma mater (Notre Dame) and get into the QB fiasco that is ongoing there. Gunner made a trip to LSU. Gunner saw Mike the Tiger, the new state of the art practice facilities, Death Valley, QB coach Kragthorpe, and received assurances from Coach Miles himself that Gunner would be able to compete for the starting QB position beginning this Spring and this Fall, was enough for him.

    Gunner said he dreamed and thought alot about LSU once he visited and could not get the Tigers out of his mind. As Alligatorsnapper posted on an earlier thread on this topic, Gunner had LSU Tigers dancing in his head, rather than sugar plums at Christmas time.

  47. goblue714 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:58 PM

    I was stationed at ft polk and I couldn’t get out of louisiana fast enough. When my son’s get recruited that’s one school they’re avoiding. As far as what I post, it’s articles that I read. I’ll look for the article and post it to this thread. What it stated was since cam had no knowledge of what his father had done their for he’s not responsible for his fathers’ actions. Their will be a reggie bush situation with scam newton…just a matter of time.

  48. goblue714 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:04 PM

    Listen tiger I love college football i’ve been watching it for 33 years. The 1 thing i’ve learned in that time is “you aint winning unless you’re cheating” no school is immune.

  49. 1historian says: Jan 1, 2012 4:35 PM

    Bozosforall: I am a Notre Dame fan. This last year Notre Dame had an overall graduation rate – ALL student-athletes – of about 95%.

    Contrast that with the recent story in Sports Illustrated of JaMarcus Russell.

    The SEC is unquestionably the top conference in College Football now and probably for the foreseeable future, but virtually every student-athlete who commits to Notre Dame cites academics as one of the primary reasons for his/her choice. If you have a problem with that it’s your problem – facts are facts.

    Greg Oden was the overall 1st choice in the NBA draft a few years back after only one season at Ohio State. (According to Sports Illustrated) in his final semester he had two subjects in his 2nd semester – Sociology and the History of Rock and Roll.

    I wish Kiel the best of luck.

  50. waynefontes says: Jan 1, 2012 6:26 PM

    thekatman says:
    Dec 27, 2011 7:57 PM

    If I were a QB, LSU wouldn’t even bee on my list of schools. In fact, no SEC school would be on my list, as I’d want to QB at a school that runs a pro style offense.

    ————————————————–

    Since you’re not a QB, I don’t think any SEC school will be devastated over your lack of interest in them.

    I think LSU will survive both your rejection and your lack of thoughtful analysis.

  51. Deb says: Jan 1, 2012 7:25 PM

    @thekatman …

    Apparently you don’t know much about SEC football. Both LSU and Alabama run pro-style offenses, as do other SEC teams. Florida converted to a pro-style offense in 2011. However, working in a spread offense didn’t stop Cam Newton from being the #1 pick in the draft this year. So your post doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    @texasbornlsufan …

    Your post doesn’t make any sense. This article is about a QB commitment, not the Nov. 5 match between LSU and Alabama. I have yet to meet an Alabama fan who thinks we won that game since the final score was 9-6 LSU and the Tigers are the undefeated #1. You seem to be the one who can’t let go of Nov. 5.

    @bayoubauer …

    No, Nick Saban didn’t tell Drew Brees no thanks as he did Kiel. This young high school QB couldn’t make up his mind and by the time he again approached Bama, we’d already gotten committed to another top QB prospect. That’s why he passed on Kiel.

    Brees was recovering from an injury and Miami’s doctors told Saban his injury could be permanently debilitating. Obviously, they were wrong. But he went with the doctors’ advice. If he hadn’t and had ended up with the mess they have in Indy this year … well, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  52. thekatman says: Jan 1, 2012 8:28 PM

    Hello SEC fanatics.
    My comments about the SEC’s inability to run a Pro Style offense stands, though you are entitled to your opinion. I respect the comments of some folks on this dialog, however, those of you who insist that conducting a proper discourse through the written word consists of put downs, foul & inappropriate language only solidifies most of our perception about the typical SEC fan, as alumni of such prestigeous institutions of higher learning can converse in a more educated and appropriate manner.

    Though, in order to prove you are a cunningliguist and love to masticate, you must prove it.

    With that said, as I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, your opffensive coordinator can call his offense a “pro style” offense, but unless you have a QB who is smart and athletically gifted as a QB, you are not running a “p[ro Style” offense. You ‘re running a spread offense, with the QB taking a few snaps under center.

    Arkansas, for an SEC team, runs the best version of a pro style O. ‘bama and LSU? Not really.

  53. Deb says: Jan 1, 2012 9:09 PM

    @thekatman …

    “Cunning linguist” is two words. And loving to “masticate” means loving to chew … although I suppose that applies when you chew your words and spit them out in convoluted sentences telling us in order to prove we are cunning linguists, we must, um, prove we are cunning linguists. (Huh?)

    Well, you’ll have to forgive me. My journalism degree came from Missouri–oldest school of journalism in the world and now a member of the SEC. We were simply taught to make sense rather than to … uh … masticate as you have.

    A pro-style offense is basically an offensive scheme similar to those run at the pro level. When Jarrett Lee is in at QB, LSU runs more of a pro-style offense. When Jefferson is playing, the Tigers run more QB options. With both McElroy and McCarron, Alabama tends toward more pro-style offenses. Even in the pros, some teams–such as Denver with Tebow at the helm–run some form of spread-type offense. Few NFL QBs are pure pocket passers. But thank you for your insight on passing and linguistics. I’m sure we all find you enlightening.

  54. thekatman says: Jan 2, 2012 1:52 PM

    @Deb, good to see that journalism degree is working out for ya.

  55. Deb says: Jan 2, 2012 8:57 PM

    @thekatman …

    Yes, it’s worked out quite well. Thank you.

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