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Gunner Kiel reportedly visits Cincinnati’s scrimmage

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The only thing known about Gunner Kiel‘s future as of earlier this month was that it wouldn’t involve Notre Dame, as Irish coach Brian Kelly said Kiel had been granted his release and was no longer part of the team.

While Kiel’s next stop is not yet known, the former five-star recruit is at least looking at, of all places, Kelly’s former stomping grounds. According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Kiel was at Cincinnati’s scrimmage on Saturday as part of a long trip. Groeschen goes on to report that the Bearcats feel they have a good chance at landing the former Irish QB.

(Assuming Tommy Tuberville doesn’t walk out on Kiel during a recruiting dinner.) 

(Kidding, folks. Sort of.)

The No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2012, Kiel originally, and surprisingly, committed to Indiana in July of 2011 before decommitting three months later. In December of that year, Kiel flipped his verbal commitment to LSU, only to back off that commitment a month or so later.

Kiel was eventually announced to be a member of Notre Dame’s 2012 class as an early enrollee. Unable to beat Everett Golson for the Irish’s starting QB job, Kiel redshirted the 2012 season.

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24 Responses to “Gunner Kiel reportedly visits Cincinnati’s scrimmage”
  1. timh1955 says: Mar 30, 2013 10:05 PM

    What’s this guys problem???? He has practically ruined his career by changing his mind. Cincinnati is a far cry from being at LSU and ND. If he had stuck with LSU he would have been a super star. I know Les Miles is laughing at him!

  2. gmsalpha says: Mar 30, 2013 10:07 PM

    I can imagine how this will play out in the NFL. Drafted by ….say, the Bills. Middle of week 4 when he’s not the starter, he asks for his release.

  3. southernpatriots says: Mar 30, 2013 10:16 PM

    This is sad. Maybe with some team he will receive assurance there will be no competition, and he will be the starting QB, with not even a try out. Maybe someone in his family will make another decision for him about the next school?

    I wish Gunner well, but this does not look good for he or his future.

  4. suprmous says: Mar 30, 2013 10:56 PM

    I’m with you southernpatriots on this: this’ sad. This kid keeps playin musical visitation he’s guranteed no place to play. Either he’s got to make his mind up or he’s got to give up playin football and find somethin else to do with his life. I know that sounds crass but please give me a break. But what has he done but played all of these schools for fools. If he hasn’t I’d like for somebody to tell me I’m wrong. I was raised not to play folks like that and I can’t imagine anybody with any raisin or learnin doin it either. Then again who knows what his family situation’s like.

  5. wustlumdnj says: Mar 30, 2013 11:49 PM

    “What’s this guys problem????”

    He’s 19 years old, give it a rest

  6. addict2sport says: Mar 30, 2013 11:58 PM

    Since he redshirted last season does he have to sit out a year when he transfers?

  7. mdev1987 says: Mar 31, 2013 6:26 AM

    Who?! Never heard of him

  8. timh1955 says: Mar 31, 2013 7:16 AM

    mdev1987 – Then you don’t follow college football as he was the #1 QB in the 2012 draft.

  9. handsofsweed says: Mar 31, 2013 11:07 AM

    Wow, timh. And here I am thinking that Andrew Luck was the #1 QB in the 2012 draft.

  10. timh1955 says: Mar 31, 2013 12:37 PM

    handsosweed – you are correct even though I think Luck is/was way overrated as are most of the teams and players in the PAC12

  11. 10kmp says: Mar 31, 2013 12:43 PM

    @ wustlumdnj

    “What’s this guys problem????”

    “He’s 19 years old, give it a rest”…

    He’s backed out of commitment after commitment after commitment. He isn’t nine, he’s 19… and quitting one thing after another at 19 will more often than not lead to a life long habit of running when it isn’t ‘just right’, or ‘gets too hard’. It’s more and more commonplace for a recruit to pick school A, then back out for school B, only to sign a NLOI with school C. Keep your mouth shut until you’re ready to sign a letter of intent if there is one ounce of doubt. Kiel has earned, right or wrong, the reputation as a flake. I know this is only sports/football we’re talking about, but to those who are involved in it at this level as players and coaches it’s their life… and nobody wants a flake as their team’s leader.

  12. handsofsweed says: Mar 31, 2013 1:31 PM


    Kneel for Kiel.

  13. timh1955 says: Mar 31, 2013 1:44 PM

    Don’t think so

  14. normtide says: Mar 31, 2013 3:15 PM

    This goes back to the superstar HS athlete hoopla. Its even more of a problem in basketball. Most HS athletes understand they are becoming small fish in a bigger pond in college. Some don’t see the hard work and competition in front of them. I world much rather have a 3 star player willing to fight for what he wants.

  15. cmart0907 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    This is really getting ridiculous. He is wasting his talent.

  16. niubears says: Mar 31, 2013 10:40 PM

    There are thousands of high school athletes that decommit every year. Just because he’s high-profile, everyone is making a big deal out of it.
    Where’s the outrage for all the basketball recruits that decommit and transfer? 40% of players finish their career at a different school.
    Golson is going to start for ND until he graduates. That kid is good. For Kiel to get to the next level (NFL), he needs to play. He won’t play at ND with Golson there. Simple as that folks.

  17. bralinshan says: Mar 31, 2013 11:13 PM

    Actually, he broke his verbal to Indiana and then went shopping for a new school. Enter LSU, who was expecting him in class on a Monday…he not only didn’t show, he never called to tell anyone that he’d changed his mind. This is not “typical” at all….

    Golson is good, not great. He was decent against mediocre competition. He is not Johnny Football or a definitive star at this point. Alabama exposed a lot about ND and that included Golson.

    We’re talking the supposed #1 QB in America out of HS so he’s supposed to be able to compete against anyone.

    What’s more likely is this kid wasn’t handed a job and treated like the royalty he thinks he deserves. He’s on the lookout for the first D1 school to treat him like a king. He’s got BUST written all over him because of his mind….not his physical talent.

  18. saabista says: Apr 1, 2013 2:29 AM

    I figured Charlie Weis would be gunning for this kid. Since he was hired at at Kansas, Weis has a history of going after Notre Dame rejects, retreads and washouts for both his coaching staff and players.

  19. fnc111 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:37 AM


    KU is all set at QB for the next two seasons with Jake Heaps, the transfer from BYU. Kiel wants to start in 2014 and that wouldn’t happen at KU.

  20. steeldominance says: Apr 1, 2013 11:21 AM

    Your’e such a troll FNC, hahaha

  21. fnc111 says: Apr 1, 2013 1:16 PM


    How am I a troll? Please explain. Just by your response you might want to look in the mirror. Everything I stated was and is fact. Gunner is looking to start the first chance he is eligible. That’s why he is leaving ND. Political Kelly won’t start anyone but Average Golson. Jake Heaps is entrenched as the starter at KU for the next two years. You might want to follow college football more so you don’t look like a petulant child anymore. Weis is set at QB so I was telling saa what was up. Expect Gunner to go to a place like Cinci or NIU.

  22. hamnerhead says: Apr 1, 2013 2:41 PM

    Southernpatriot has it right. He wants to play but does not want to compete.

  23. abrellbama says: Apr 1, 2013 4:19 PM

    Gunner Kiel obviously isn’t very good because if he were, then he would have started over that Averett Golson kid, because he just isn’t that good. Kiel obviously isn’t thinking about a college education which is the VERY thing he should be concentrating on or he wouldn’t be transferring as often as he has because you lose some credits every time you transfer to another college. Kiel needs to face facts that he is 2nd string material and needs to start cracking those books and get a degree.

  24. metalhead65 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:12 AM

    enough excuse for this over rated and over hyped punk. there are plenty of high school kids who make a commitment without all the dram this kid has. sure some kids change their minds once they get there and transfer. but this loser made 2 different verbals before deciding to go to dame. and do not kid yourself the domers thought he was the second coming of joe montana when signed on. but now that he is not good enough to win the job they act like it is no big deal he is leaving without having done squat. if he wants to play he should just enroll in a division 2-3 school where he could play right away if could beat out whoever is the starter there. oh wait a min. he does not want to compete he wants it handed to him but I am sure there is a small school somewhere desperate enough that will do just that to sell tickets. I can see the ads now, come and see former high school hot shot and division 1 washout qb here this sat.

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