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Gunner Kiel getting cold feet over LSU?

Gunner Kiel AP

Here we go again.

Gunner Kiel, the nation’s top-ranked quarterback in the class of 2012, has already flipped once during the recruiting process, decommitting from Indiana over the summer and then verbally committing to LSU a few months later.

Reportedly, he could be doing another flip.

According to a tweet from‘s Shea Dixon, “there [was] a 3 p.m. [CT] meeting with early enrollees and Kiel [was] not in attendance.”  Kiel had previously stated that he would be enrolling early at LSU and would participate in spring practice.

Instead, the Indiana high school product could be headed to another school, namely Notre Dame.

Kiel has not commented publicly on his status, and the last tweet posted to his Twitter account mentioning the school was Jan. 9. “About to watch my Tigers take it to Alabama!! Geaux Tigers,” Kiel wrote before the BcS title game.

LSU is not permitted to discuss any recruit who has not signed his Letter of Intent or enrolled early at the school.

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, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, USC and Wisconsin.

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38 Responses to “Gunner Kiel getting cold feet over LSU?”
  1. goblue714 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:54 PM

    O boy who would want this kid if he decommits twice?

  2. harleyspoon says: Jan 16, 2012 5:57 PM

    I could never see why he would want to go to Indiana or LSU in the first place.

    Gunner needs to call Art Briles at Baylor if he want to be a Heisman Trophy winner…

  3. harleyspoon says: Jan 16, 2012 6:00 PM


  4. techvet says: Jan 16, 2012 6:04 PM

    @goblue714: ND will take him with all sins forgiven.

  5. woebegong says: Jan 16, 2012 6:04 PM

    I guess he doesn’t think he got enough attention during the recruiting circus. It is almost like, if he doesn’t get what he wants, he will take his toys and go home. I am not sure he will be a success at LSU, as he seems to need to grow up just a little bit, and be a man and stick by his decisions. Reminds me a little bit like Crowell for UGA. He needs to grow up, because he is, or maybe is, coming into the pressure cooker that is the SEC. He is young though and maybe this is just a rumor, since nothing official has been said by any school, or the kid himself.

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jan 16, 2012 6:05 PM

    This family…

    Dad is partner in crime with pyramid schemer, older brother cannot beat a frosh to play at Indiana, and the youngest just wants to be loved.

    Perhaps ND is going to pay him more money. Likely funded through the collection plate.

  7. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 16, 2012 6:09 PM

    More likely, he saw that game last Monday night and realized that even if you play for great team like LSU, if you play QB in the SEC, there is a high risk of getting broken if you are a pro-style quarterback.

    Jefferson is not a pro style QB and he moves around and thus didnt get broken, but the potential was there if you were a pocket passer.

    But Notre Dame? I thought kids like him went to college with the hope of winning a national title? Not happening at ND any time in the foreseeable future.

  8. arizonapetdoctor says: Jan 16, 2012 6:10 PM

    How do you think he will handle B. Kelly going red-faced on the sidelines on him (not an indictment of BK, more of a concern that he/his family [brother is transferring from Indiana d/t playing time] do not have the fortitude to succeed at the next level)

  9. goblue714 says: Jan 16, 2012 6:14 PM


    Will he fold with the first sign of adversity and transfer? Remember tate forcier?

  10. daveyjones1 says: Jan 16, 2012 6:20 PM

    Words that come to mind…..


    Not exactly what you look for in a QB….

  11. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 16, 2012 6:22 PM

    goblue714 & arizonapetdoctor make good points.
    If he is good and grows up I hope he goes to ND (sorry- I’m Irish). If he isn’t good and acts like Forcier I hope he goes to Michigan (sorry – I’m a Buckeye).

  12. Tim's Neighbor says: Jan 16, 2012 6:28 PM

    He is 18 years old. 18. Who out there had the world figured out when they were 18? Most 18 year-old boys can’t even figure out a prom date let alone KNOWING the best decision to make on college. There’s more pressure on these kids to commit than 99% percent of us understand or know.

    Best of luck to Mr. Kiel wherever he goes.

  13. jonanthans says: Jan 16, 2012 6:28 PM

    Prima-Donna , lmao

  14. woebegong says: Jan 16, 2012 6:35 PM

    Back when I was 18, we were still told what we would be doing upon graduation from high school. Go to college or get drafted. Kids have it just a little better than we did, but they still have tough decisions to make if they are athletically gifted. I just wish their parents or guardians, as the case may be, and their high school coaches were more responsible and gave them more solid advice. Some of these kids act like a rudderless ship in the ocean.

  15. indywvu says: Jan 16, 2012 6:51 PM

    What in the name of Tajh Boyd is going on with this kid??

  16. goblue714 says: Jan 16, 2012 6:53 PM

    Michigan doesn’t need gunner we have shane morris coming in out of the class of 13. Please youtube shane morris and you’ll see what i’am talking about. I’ve been to a few of his games as a junior and this kid is the real deal.

  17. cometkazie says: Jan 16, 2012 7:11 PM

    Shoot, the Bubbas already have us back in the BCS so-called championship (of what?) bowl with him at the helm next year.

  18. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 16, 2012 7:15 PM

    Michigan? So irrelevant…..yawn….

  19. jason1214 says: Jan 16, 2012 7:25 PM

    Maybe he was sick, or maybe he’s still bring recruited by oh I don’t know EVERYONE. Until Feb 3rd, its all speculation.

  20. briang123 says: Jan 16, 2012 7:30 PM

    What do I care? My team (Arizona State) lost its QB to early entry in the NFL draft, ill-advised if you ask me but likely the by-product of the disgraceful hiring of Todd Graham as their coach. Why should anyone care where a kid is going before he goes? After Ron Powlus, I haven’t paid attention to any of this nonsense.

  21. woebegong says: Jan 16, 2012 7:38 PM

    If you are a fan of your college,I would think recruiting is pretty darn important. Where these young stars go affects the school they go to and often determines how good your school is. Seems like a no brainer tome.

  22. arizonapetdoctor says: Jan 16, 2012 7:46 PM

    I think @briang123 (‘s) point was not to stress before the LOI signing day. But afterward, may the seven month build-up to the next kickoff begin

  23. 10of14 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:28 PM

    Any one of you yahoos and the schools you root for would talk great things about him should he choose your favorite…hypocrites.

  24. pdcooper08 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:28 PM

    Maybe the boy just liked the attention he got from trading schools and got caught up in all the SEC hype. I really think he would be making a giant mistake if he chooses to go down south and play. He is a mid-west kid and has no concept of what he would be getting into. He doesn’t play LSU style anyway. Stay in the mid-west where you belong. There’s plenty of good programs you can be a part of.

  25. metalhead65 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    guess he found out there was already a 5 star recruit who redshirted this year that he would have to contend with for the starting job at LSU. will be fun to see him not live up to the hype at dame and watch him transfer from there in a couple of years when things do not work out for him.

  26. cometkazie says: Jan 16, 2012 8:59 PM

    He isn’t that darned important.

    He needs to be a team player first.

  27. dg0122 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:48 PM

    that offensive (pronounced both ways) in the BCS game may have had something to do with it too

  28. jason1214 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:12 PM


    Defense wins championships, offense sells tickets.
    Keep thinking “baseketball on grass” will EVER win a National Title.

    Ask the Packers how good you are if your defense can’t stop a cold.

  29. kiopta1 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:23 PM

    ND may be closing in on a number of big recruits….I am not happy with guys that jump all over the place but these are kids making a huge choice.

  30. mrslay1 says: Jan 16, 2012 11:23 PM

    Makes no difference where he goes. LSU will be fine anyway as they have a top defense every year along with a running game. Any year in the last 3 they would have won it all with that. Bama was just to strong on defense this year. No other team in the country but Bama could have beat them this year. those are the breaks in football. Does anyone think the 49ers could beat the Saints 2 times in a row or Giants and Packers the same. Kiel is just one more small cog in the gear off any football team as he will be nothing without the rest of the team.

  31. vincentbojackson says: Jan 16, 2012 11:43 PM

    Seems like a well thought out decision to bolt for Notre Dame, they never miss on a quarterback prospect.

  32. bangitfootball says: Jan 17, 2012 8:24 AM

    If you were the nations top ranked QB and you watched Les Miles game plan against Alabama would you still go there?

  33. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 8:32 AM

    I really think the kid knew, he would most likely not see a lot of action on the field this year, as LSU has a couple of good QB’s with some experience ahead of him. I think he envisions himself as coming into a program and them instantly winning it all at the helm. He will grow up the first couple of times he gets his butt stomped by a 300 pound linesman, but I guess most big high school stars have to experience it first hand, especially those that are recruited hard and get a big head. In college, he will be playing against and with a lot of kids, that are equally talented at their positions and he will need to get into his head, that he is part of a team, not the who9le team.
    Good luck, wherever you land kid, but you eyes will be opened in a heart beat, after the first couple of games. No one player is above the teams interest.

  34. dg0122 says: Jan 17, 2012 8:47 AM

    if lsu had a couple good qbs why didnt they play them in the bcs title game?

  35. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 9:00 AM

    I think the reason is Miles, thought his tried and tested QB’s that had got them to the big show, would somehow wake up and deliver yet again. After all, his team has been notorious for coming on late almost all season long against teams, and I think he felt his depth would come through in the second half. I hope you don’t feel that LSU was counting on this kid to come right in, assume the starters role and be successful in this conference. Ask yourself, why did the kid switch to LSU in the first place. He saw them winning and wanted to be part of that concept. As soon as they lose the BCS NC, he once again gets jittery feet. Now he is thinking of Notre Dame, because he thinks he can go there and start right off I think. Somebody is giving this kid, less than good advice. Understand I am not an LSU fan by any means, so it is not sour grapes on my part. I just think that at this late stage in the game, this kid should have his bags packed and be ready to go to whom he pledges to, rather than changing his ticket at this late date. Reality will hit him at the next level hard, but I think he is smart enough to learn.

  36. butlers91 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:33 AM

    The next Bryce Brown…

  37. butlers91 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:53 AM

    indywvu says:
    Jan 16, 2012 6:51 PM
    What in the name of Tajh Boyd is going on with this kid??
    But Tajh didn’t switch from Tennessee, Kiffin come in and told him he wasn’t a good fit.

  38. indywvu says: Jan 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    butlers91 –

    Tennessee and Clemson were both after he had verballed to WVU.

    Good thing he went elsewhere. We got Geno Smith out of the deal.


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