Former five-star QB and Notre Dame transfer Kiel eyeing three SEC schools


One of the biggest non-surprises of the offseason was Notre Dame backup quarterback Gunner Kiel’s decision to transfer. Kiel would have sat behind Everett Golson for three years before finally earning playing time. It didn’t make sense, thus prompting his transfer after just one season with the Irish.

Kiel recently visited Cincinnati for spring practice, but he’s also eyeing three other SEC teams.

Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all on Kiel’s radar and would equally be a good fit, but Kiel is also looking at Ball State, Northern Illinois, Kansas State and Miami (OH).

The former No. 1 overall quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class originally committed to Indiana before rescinding his pledge to the Hoosiers for LSU, only to eventually sign with the Irish on signing day.

He spoke to ESPN about his selection process, knowing he’ll have to sit out a year.

“The biggest factor for me now going through it all again is having a great relationship with my position coach,” said Kiel.

If you’ll remember, Les Miles had a few words about Kiel decommitting from LSU at the Tigers’ Bayou Bash.

“We needed a quarterback. We lost two. We needed a quarterback in this class. There was a gentleman from Indiana that thought about coming to the Bayou State. He did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program, so you know.”

Kiel would be a great fit with the Vols, Bulldogs or Rebels. Ironically, all three run a very similar spread-‘em-out offense.

Reportedly, Tennessee isn’t interested in Kiel as a transfer.

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