Former Notre Dame recruit and overall number one recruit Gunner Kiel made an appearance at the Bearcats spring practice today at Paul Brown Stadium. Coach Tommy Tuberville did not comment on Kiel’s chances of becoming a Bearcat.
Kiel was considered a major land for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. As a freshman however Kiel was pushed down the depth chart behind quarterbacks Everett Gohlston and Tommy Rees. Kiel decided after the season to transfer. He was previously committed to Indiana University before changing to Louisiana State University, ultimately committing to Notre Dame for the 2012 season.
Kiel was considered the number one quarterback recruit from the 2011-2012 recruiting class.
If Cincinnati could land a player like Gunner Kiel it would speak volumes for the program and the coaching staff. Not to mention it would bolster the Bearcats at the quarterback position.
Kiel would be required by NCAA rule to sit out the 2013 season, meaning Brendon Kay and Munchie LeGaux will battle it out for the starting QB job. Hopefully with Kay winning the job, mainly for the sanity of the students and fans.
In 2014 though Kiel will be left to compete with Bennie Coney and Trenton Norvell as long as the stay at the school. Either way the future of Cincinnati is looking very bright.