Kiel to visit ND

Nation's top QB reevaluating Indiana commitment, will make unofficial Saturday.

Quarterback Gunner Kiel will visit Notre Dame on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy of the Columbus (Ind.) Republic)
Tribune Staff Writer
1:48 pm, October 21, 2011

Add another name to the impressive group of visitors when Notre Dame hosts USC Saturday night at ND Stadium.

And on a list of college football prospects that was already star-studded, this one is the biggest yet.

Gunner Kiel, the nation's No. 2 overall player per recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, will make an unofficial recruiting visit to ND after reopening his recruitment. He had been committed to Indiana.

“It's a hard decision to come to, and this is his future and these are his plans,” Aleta Kiel, Gunner's mother, said Friday. “So at this time, he wanted to talk to (Indiana) coach (Kevin) Wilson, and he did that last night.

“At this time he's just re-evaluating everything and kind of opening everything up. He wants to make sure that he's 100 percent sure where he goes.”

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Kiel, who plays at Columbus (Ind.) East High School, is rated as the second-best player in the nation by CBS Sports Network's Lemming. Kiel is the nephew of former Irish quarterback Blair Kiel.

Notre Dame currently has four quarterbacks on scholarship but has not received a commitment from a current high school senior. Commit Nicky Baratti is a high school quarterback but projects as a safety at ND.

Starter Tommy Rees is a sophomore and his three backups all retain eligibility following this season. Dayne Crist retains one year of eligibility and Andrew Hendrix three following this season. Freshman Everett Golson has not played this season and would have four seasons of eligibility remaining if he does not play in 2011.


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