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Irish confirm additions of Kiel, ex-USC RB Carlisle

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Following up on reports from a couple of different fronts, Notre Dame announced Tuesday the additions of four players to its football roster.

Two of the four?  The top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2012 and one of the top all-purpose running backs from the Class of 2011.

In a press release, the Irish confirmed that QB Gunner Kiel is one of three recruits who signed their scholarship forms and enrolled early at the school.  Kiel, of course had been committed to LSU up until yesterday, when he was expected to become one of the Tigers’ early enrollees.

Instead, and reportedly thanks to an emotional plea from his mother, the Columbus, Ind., product will be a member of the Fighting Irish.

“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 a statement released by the school. “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.”

In addition to being Rivals‘ top-ranked 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 previously mentioned, Kiel isn’t the only highly-touted prospect who’s found his way to South Bend.  A little over a week ago, it was reported that RB Amir Carlisle would be transferring from USC to Notre Dame.  On the first day of ND’s spring semester, that move was confirmed as well.

“I’m really excited to be here at Notre Dame,” Carlisle said. “I had great respect for the school and football program when I went through the recruiting process a year ago and I’m proud to be enrolled here. I know this will be a great fit for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

As a four-star member of USC’s 2011 recruiting class, Carlisle was the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the nation and the No. 9 overall player in the state of California according to  As a true freshman, Carlisle averaged over six yards on his 19 carries as well as catching seven passes, one going for a touchdown.  he was also hampered by knee and ankle issues.

The two other early enrollees for the Irish were defensive lineman Sheldon Day (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and defensive back Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union).

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19 Responses to “Irish confirm additions of Kiel, ex-USC RB Carlisle”
  1. 10kmp says: Jan 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    Congrats to coach Kelly and the Notre Dame program. I’m an Ohio State alum, and have read many times on ND message boards what a cheating, lying, back stabbing ogre Urban Meyer is for getting kids to “flip” to Ohio State after verbally committing elsewhere (i.e. Taylor Decker as an example). Just curious, now that Kiel has flipped (again) is Brian Kelly the same sorry ass excuse for a human being that Urban Meyer apparently is? I like ND, and I think they’re great for college football, so this isn’t a Notre Dame hater being flippant. The hypocrisy, however, is laughable. Coaches, ALL OF THEM, keep recruiting after a kid verbals. Urban Meyer isn’t alone in this practice, but he sure is taking a beating on message boards for “stealing” other schools commitments.

  2. vols84 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    What is the Over/Under that Gunner Kiel ends his college career at Notre Dame, just knowing how his decision making has been during his recruitment?

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    I totally agree with 10kmp’s comments and would like to add 2 more.
    1) A verbal commitment is nothing more than a recruit stating a preference for a school. There is nothing legal or binding about it. All coaches understand this fact.
    2) Most of the Urban Meyer bashers are Florida fans who are holding a grudge. I’m sure they didn’t call it stealing when Urban coached for Florida.

  4. chitownjeff says: Jan 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    good for the goose is good for the gander..dickey just yanked his offer (tenn) to a kid at pebblebrook..and saban did the same to a running back at north atl…

  5. barneysbullet says: Jan 17, 2012 2:34 PM


    I think it was more the “coach poaching” than the recruit flipping…

    Jus sayin

  6. dexterismyhero says: Jan 17, 2012 2:35 PM

    Hope he is better than his uncle Blair……………

  7. microbrewuga says: Jan 17, 2012 3:02 PM

    I’m glad we are are spreading the talent around. As a Georgia fan, I can’t get excited about seeing top recruits going to LSU/Bama.

  8. cosanostra71 says: Jan 17, 2012 3:43 PM

    Well, at least Carlisle got to be on the winning end of the USC-ND game at least once.

  9. lemmam says: Jan 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    ND still sucks and brian kelly should have been indicted for manslaughter when the video guy was killed in the collapse of the lift.

  10. stlouis1baseball says: Jan 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    10kmp: ALL OF THEM…do NOT continue recruiting a kid after they commit (verbal or otherwise). No rules against it…but it is still unethical. The correct reaction/response is…
    “I appreciate your decision…please know there is a spot here for you should you change your mind.”

  11. dkhhuey says: Jan 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    Hey, yet another top ranked recruiting class that will be highly overrated and grossly under perform! Its just about as predictable as the sun’s path across the sky!!!

  12. dkhhuey says: Jan 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    For Buckeye fans – we just picked up OL Joey O’Connor!!! Nicely done Urban!!!

  13. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 17, 2012 5:15 PM

    Good deal on O’Connor. Now let’s see if Urban can “steal” Jordon Diamond from Michigan.

  14. suprmous says: Jan 17, 2012 5:27 PM

    What in the hell’s this kid thinkin: Kiel. Does he think everybody’s goin to cater to his wishy washy attitude all of his life. First he says he wants to leave Indiana for my beloved LSU and now this. As Charlie Brown so nicely puts it, Good Grief. Hell’s Bells it surprises me he didn’t at least feel L’il Nicky out. I hope that he has the kahonas to stay at one place or the other and wish him well b/c he sounds like a libility rather than an asset with all this back and forth wishy washy I wanna go here no I wanna go there.

  15. metalhead65 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    what will mommy say if this overhyped diva actualy gets into a game and makes a mistake and kelly gets in his face like he does everbody else? will he transfer?it is one thing for a kid to change his mind but to do so 3 times?I am pretty sure he said the same things to IU and lsu when he told them he was coming there.less than a month after telling lsu he would go there he switches to dame? this a guy you want to be in charge of your team on the field when he needs to make a decision now? one more reason for me to hate dame and can’t wait to hear his excuse when he transfers when he does not get his way in a year or 2. wonder if his big brother will be on the team as well? or doesn’t mommy and daddy care where he goes to school?

  16. dkhhuey says: Jan 17, 2012 7:23 PM

    @metal – now that is funny!!! Mommy will no doubt have a mental explosion that will no doubt turn into a press conference that he is transferring.

  17. pudgalvin says: Jan 17, 2012 7:34 PM

    Just curious, but did any of you guys change you’re mind once or twice about where you were going to college? Well, the 5% on here that actually went to college, anyway. These kids are 17 years old, plus they’re under a giant football microscope. It could very well be, that once it was time to pack his bags and head to Louisiana, he talked with his mom and just decided it was too far away. I know I would have been miserable if I had gone to college 20 hours away from my mom. I hate to break it to you, but the entire world doesn’t revolve around you guys’ favorite college football teams.

  18. halo81 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:47 PM

    @10kmp –

    Few things on your boy Urban. I agree 100% with you that hating him for “flipping recruits” is ridiculous, but that’s not why coaches hate him or people in the NFL or inside college football loathe his antics.

    1. Lies/Deception.

    Selling of the Gotham Gator Club to compete with quality students looking at schools like Stanford, BC, Notre Dame, Northwestern, etc…

    Then, disciplining those players for taking internships in their freshmen years. It’s been well documented in Gainesville. There have been players moved from backups to the scout team and players have been made to change classes to the “Gator Football Program” which includes remedial courses that co-exist with practices.

    I won’t even go into his intricate negative recruiting. Everyone does it, but Urban is the king.

    Hence, transfers.

    2. “Prostitution”

    He’s not alone here (other schools also do it), but Florida flat-out used the same two girls for high level recruits on official visits for his entire tenure. One Latina, one blonde. Threesomes on official visits. Multiple recruits on the same visit. Heck, it’s publicly open by simply looking at the kid’s Facebook pages.

    3. “Ghost Injuries”

    I know of three players who were injured “on purpose” while Urban was a coach there. One left the team and doesn’t play football anymore because of his injury, the other transferred to another school and the other was on the verge of transferring when Meyer left. He is still with the team and will live with chronic problems throughout life from it. Not hard to figure out all three of those players if you’re a fan.

    The university was nearly sued by one of the player’s parents for this. MULTIPLE players corroborated two of the three stories directly to me and other coaches.

    I’ll stop there, but Urban runs a pretty nasty program.

    I’m not saying he’s the only one; many do. Nick Saban is said to be a piece of dirt. Others are as well.

    Just saying, goes beyond recruiting.

    As for his coaching acumen, I’m sure Ohio State will win a national championship within three years with him there. He’s a tremendous coach.

  19. dkhhuey says: Jan 18, 2012 10:58 AM

    Sweet – we just landed David Perkins!!!

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