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Mom’s plea led to Gunner Kiel’s flip from LSU to Irish?

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And now we’re finding out the rest of the story.

Word broke Monday afternoon that Gunner Kiel, the nation’s top-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2012, was reconsidering his verbal commitment to LSU and could be flipping to Notre Dame.  Now it appears Kiel’s move to the Irish is all but official.

And, apparently, both schools have the recruit’s mother to thank for the development.

According to a report by Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times, Kiel was set to enroll early at LSU as previously planned on Monday.  However, his mother’s emotional plea prior to his departure for Baton Rouge prompted a change in heart and a change in plans — Kiel will enroll today at Notre Dame, a school roughly 500 miles closer to his Columbus, Ind., home.

“From what I have been told, he is no longer coming to LSU,” recruiting expert Michael Scarborough of told the Times. “He wants to come to LSU, but his mother (Aleta Kiel) got very emotional Monday and did not want her son to leave. He plans to enroll in classes at Notre Dame on Tuesday.”

Scarborough went on to add that “[w]hat has been relayed to me is that he wants to come to LSU, but his parents want him at Notre Dame because it is closer to home.”

As school’s are not permitted to discuss potential recruits, there’s been no confirmation by the Irish of Kiel’s impending arrival in South Bend.

Kiel had previously committed to Indiana before reopening his recruitment this past summer.  In December, he officially gave his nonbinding verbal commitment to LSU.

Scarborough noted that the LSU coaches are not headed to Indiana to try to change Kiel’s mind.  So, barring yet another change of heart between now and when he actually puts pen to early enrollment paper, Brian Kelly and his staff will have landed the top QB in this year’s recruiting class.

Whether that’s a permanent landing or just a temporary one remains to be seen.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Mr.

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37 Responses to “Mom’s plea led to Gunner Kiel’s flip from LSU to Irish?”
  1. bmart61 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:09 AM

    Must be something going on with family, as his brother, QB Dusty Kiel, has left the Indiana program a few days ago.

  2. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 11:17 AM

    I sure hope his mom can get the pads on and block for the kid at Notre Dame. I guess the younger son leaving Indiana to go else where makes sense then. Shades of daddy Manning in this one.

  3. ndaf15 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:19 AM

    Wow this is crazy

  4. thraiderskin says: Jan 17, 2012 11:23 AM

    hmmm… This young man needs to get his life going and not be stunted by his parental units. If he truly wanted to go to LSU, he should have gone. Making decisions for yourself is what makes you a man. I do not particularly care what is going on in Columbus, Indiana. He needed to do this for himself and not his mommy. It bothers me more, because its not like his parents are paying for him to go to school, he earned himself his very own ticket to school through his hard work. Even though I’m an advid Ohio State fan, I just feel like this kid got his opportnity cheapened by not “being able” to go to LSU.

  5. thraiderskin says: Jan 17, 2012 11:25 AM

    advid=avid, my bad.

  6. drummerhoff says: Jan 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    Les Miles & Brian Kelly have such a strong history of recruiting top QBs and maturing them into NFL players.
    This Kiel story is going to be prophetic.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    I wonder how he will get along with Kelly, as it seems he gets a little under the collar with his players. Will mom be there to smooth his feathers the first time he gets ruffled by a gruff coach. Time will tell.

  8. mydixienormus says: Jan 17, 2012 11:29 AM

    What do you think his mama said?

    – Honey, those Louisiana people eat Nutria Rat for lunch.

    – Honey, those Lousisana people don’t have all their teeth…

    – Honey, those Louisiana people date their cousins…

    – Honey, the LSU coach claps his hands like his is….special.

    – Honey, LSU’s “coach of the year” couldn’t even get his team ready for a National Championship Game…

    – Honey, LSU is going to get wipped by The Washington Huskies next year. How embarassing that will be…

    – Honey, that Honey Badger kid got smoked like a country ham in the National Championship game. You don’t want to play with that kid.

    Discuss among yoursevles.

  9. mydixienormus says: Jan 17, 2012 11:50 AM

    Don’t judge me by my typos above.

    I was moving fast…

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:07 PM

    I guess if my mother “got very emotional” and begged me not to leave I would have done the same thing. Too bad for LSU. Good deal for ND.

  11. 10yardslant says: Jan 17, 2012 12:11 PM

    This kid has Jimmy Clausen & Ron Powlus written all over him. Tons of hype and attention only to get lost in a pot of lucky charms.

  12. kristakay1 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:15 PM

    I’d pick LSU over Notre Dame any day for the coaching alone. Wouldn’t you rather play and learn from one of the top 2 teams rather than one that can’t seem to stay in the top 25? His mom needs to cut the cord.

  13. nightrain42 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:33 PM

    Make up ur mind.

  14. lasseter1113 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    I wonder how far this will drop LSU back in the recruiting ranks because when he gave his ‘nonbinding’ verbal agreement it moved them up in the ranks quite a bit??? Just curious…….google anyone?

  15. indywvu says: Jan 17, 2012 12:43 PM

    Sounds like Tajh Boyd…committed to WVU…daddy didn’t like it so he committed to Tennessee…then Fullmer was fired and he finally decided on Clemson.

    Glad we got that Geno Smith kid after Boyd’s daddy made his mind up for him.

  16. steveoz49 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:53 PM

    @drummerhoff… please excuse my apparent memory loss but exactly who has Les and Brian matured into NFL qbs?

  17. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 17, 2012 12:57 PM

    If this kid is good then he will shine at any school he chooses and be a top NFL pick. However, you only have one mama and if she was that emotional and he went away against her wishes and god forbid something happened to her….that kid will have such guilt hanging over his head forever.

    Make mama happy, it’s the right thing to do

  18. thegonz13 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:02 PM

    Mammas, don’t let babies grow up to be QB’s…

  19. dadawg77 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:04 PM

    @steveoz49 you forgot sarcasm or Matt Flynn

  20. florida727 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    Okay. I get the de-commit from Indiana. Last time they went to a prominent bowl game, the Dead Sea was only sick (Steven Tyler joke, sorry).

    But LSU?

    That’s a perennial national title contender. In fairness, neither coach is (obviously) known for “grooming” NFL QBs. Then again, look at your top tier NFL QBs. Who groomed Tom Brady? Who groomed Drew Brees? Most college fans can’t even answer either of those two questions.

    You think Fulmer groomed Peyton Manning? More like the other way around.

    Face it, you either have what the NFL wants, or you don’t. College may get you the exposure, but as far as a system prepping you for the league, I don’t think so. They have their own ideas about what system you’ll run. Heck, they care more about your height and size of your hand than they do about whether you QB-ed your team to a national title or not.

  21. cappa662 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    Money the Irish was giving to his mom was too good to pass up.

  22. gorilladunk says: Jan 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    Can’t blame the kid at all. If his Mom broke down and asked (begged) him to stay closer to home, I understand. It’s not like he ended up at Evansville. The upside at ND is better than the upside at LSU. If he pans out and becomes great, he’ll become a legend. If not, he gets a top flight education at a university known around the world and every catholic will love him forever. By the way, I hate ND and hope they lose every game they play.

  23. ukeone says: Jan 17, 2012 1:55 PM

    You can blame the press & recruiting sites (Scout & Rivals, etc) for elevating the egos of the recruits before signing somewhere. These high school kids think they are so good before they step onto the college scene, that they have to play musical chairs with their college choices just to piss everyone off. At least their parents made a ‘sensible plea’ to their son to play ‘closer to home’…after all, what proud parents would not want to attend their son’s football games (more often than not). I’m not sure the Irish was the ‘best choice’ he could have made, but it was not a bad choice either. Parents need to get more involved in their son’s college choices by shielding them from all the bad press & other factors that could potentilly cloud their son’s chances of making a ‘realistic choice’ of where to play footbal & go to school. All the LSU’s, USC’s, etc. etc out there are not always the best places for players of Gunner Kiel’s talent to commit to. Congrats to Notre Dame on landing him (and I’m not a Notre dame fan either), but Indiana could have made good use of a guy with this amount of talent too, and would have benefitted greatly from him too.

  24. steveoz49 says: Jan 17, 2012 2:00 PM


    Does 2 games really make Matt Flynn an NFL QB? I’m quite certain that he will be the flavor of the month this offseason.

    let’s see… Josh Booty, Rohan Davy, Matt Mauk, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn…

    and for Brian Kelly…..Tony Pike

    some rather impressive names there… just sayin’

  25. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 17, 2012 2:10 PM


    Well said and agree with all except blaming the press and recruiting sites. I hate the whole atmosphere of the Army all star game and am pi$$ed that my tax money may help support it. I hate the whole ” I’m taking my talents to…..” garbage. It is such BS. But I still watch and complain about it. However if we don’t watch, or visit recruiting web sites, or buy their publications their influence would wane. We are the problem because we keep them in existence.

  26. ukeone says: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    takingbovadasmoney: “Thanks for the response.” Yes, I blame these sites & the press; but true, how can I keep from reading what they have to offer, especially when ‘we ourselves’ are so engulfed in our own unviversity’s football programs. However, we can’t overlook what effect it brings on the vulnerable minds of these naive recruits. Fill their minds with ‘superhuman’ expectations, and we set-them-up for the biggest possible letdown imaginable. Just go back and see how many of these past brainwashed ‘4 & 5 star athletes’ have progressed since walking onto the college scene. I’m not sure what would have been better for these guys, but making them feel like ‘I am it’ before they have had the chance to prove it on the college playing field isn’t a good thing either. Also, if it’s published & can be purchased, it can also be seen for free thanks to the internet. That’s where these recruits get most of their influence from anyway.

  27. texbornlsufan says: Jan 17, 2012 3:29 PM

    If he isn’t there no big deal we have plenty of players at that position anyway. Still can’t understand why Miles didn’t put Mettenberger in the NC game if he was that concerned about Lee.

    Oh Well time to move forward!

    I wasn’t real impressed with this kid in his All Star Game to begin with. He will go to ND and be another loser!
    Hope Mom is happy because if Mom’s not happy nobody’s happy!!!!!!


  28. stlouis1baseball says: Jan 17, 2012 3:33 PM

    As someone from Central Indiana (about 30 minutes from Columbus)…I can tell you there are serious issues coming out of Columbus. Word is…he committed to IU because Kevin Wilson has a proven track record of grooming top flight QB’s for the NFL. The fact that his Brother was already an IU QB really helped. Word is one of the “potential” reasons his brother was given a scholarship in the first place was in hopes of landing Gunner because Dusty is not a serious D-1 talent. Then…word is Wilson quits communicating with him once he committed to IU and the other major D-1 programs continued recruiting him. No rules against this but some view it as unethical. Then he commits to LSU about a Month or so ago…and last week Dusty (and the other 2nd/3rd string QB) drops out of the IU football program. Now…he is going to Notre Dame? Not hard to believe if you knew his uncle (Blair Kiel) was a former ND Quarterback. Just hard to believe he didn’t commit to ND to begin with. Something strange going on in Columbus.

  29. bozosforall says: Jan 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    So, he’s basically a “mamma’s boy”.

  30. smurfm69 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:13 PM

    Maybe he saw how Les Miles treated Jarrett Lee at the end of the season. Lee was not good enough to get into the game despite how poorly Jordan Jefferson was playing. In an all star game a week after the BCS game, Lee was 12-17 for 170 yds and 2 TD’s.

  31. mrslay1 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:20 PM

    If the kid can’t get off momies tit, he’ll never make it anywhere anyway. Wonder what momie will do when Kelly’s screams red faced at her little baby. Mitch Mustang all over again, poor kid.

  32. suprmous says: Jan 17, 2012 6:52 PM

    woebegone, I sense he won’t be with Kelly and the Irish long. There’s something amiss with this family and what I’m seein isn’t good. Call it Cajun Intuition or Woman’s Intuition but whatever you call it just know it’s not good. They all have issues re something dark and don’t want to admit to havin those problems and the sons definitely want out from under the parents but things beyond their control prevent them from leaving.

  33. dg0122 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:53 PM

    word of his mom changing his mind should help his rep

  34. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 7:22 PM

    You might very well have a point there. I think it was reported that she was worried about LSU being too far away. Why then, did she not object to her other son, leaving Indiana. Is he going to land in Notre Dame also. Maybe that is a deal Kelly worked out with their mom. A two for one deal. One scholarship that is useful and one that is wasted. Kelly can sure afford to do that for sure. I give them a year with kelly, blowing up in the kids face whenever he makes a mistake, and it’s off with mommy again.

  35. devildog2110 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:54 AM

    Mommy needs to cut the cord and take him off her tit. We have 18 year old young men joining the my beloved Marine Corps every day and seven months later having mortar rounds and IED’s taking the lives of their brother Marines. Man the fuck up you pansy piece of shit.

  36. bozosforall says: Jan 20, 2012 2:22 PM

    mydixienormus says:
    Jan 17, 2012 11:50 AM
    Don’t judge me by my typos above.

    I was moving fast…

    We’ll just judge you by the stupidity you exhibited above instead.

    BTW, they allow cousins to marry in Indiana (so his mommy wouldn’t be making that comment about cousins dating in Louisiana with any shred of credibility).

  37. mydixienormus says: Jan 20, 2012 2:50 PM

    I did get 35 thumbs up you know!

    A little late to the game on this story aren’t we buddy?

    News Flash: Very few people read comments that are days old.

    I only read it beacause I checked the Notify me box below.

    Go Huskies! Hope they shock the world by beating the other purple and gold team in September.

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