It's Official: Gunner Kiel Will Play Football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Tom Hamilton Contributor IIJanuary 17, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SETPEMBER 19: A general view of the 'Word of Life' mural, also known as 'Touchdown Jesus,' on the campus of Notre Dme University beofre a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 19, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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According to the University of Notre Dame newspaper, The Observer, the nation's top-rated high school quarterback, Gunner Kiel, will enroll at Notre Dame later this week. 

The paper sighted their source as a university staff member who choose to stay anonymous since he/she was not authorized to discuss the enrollments of specific students.

Kiel managed to change his mind before classes began at Notre Dame on Tuesday, though it is not known what day the stud blue-chipper will show up on campus. 

The shocking 11th-hour turnaround is a major coup for Irish head coach Brian Kelly, who was still smarting about the decommitments of former Irish verbals Ronald Darby and Taylor Devor.

But gaining the services of Kiel is very big, and it's a slap in the face to Notre Dame detractors as well as supporters of the Bayou Bengals. 

Kiel had recently committed to LSU on December 27th after breaking a promise to play for the Indiana Hoosiers last fall. But it looks like the superstar recruit from Columbus, Indiana, has now opted to stay in-state and play for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame already has three quarterbacks on their roster—two with substantial experience in Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, while another, redshirt freshman Everett Golson, seems like a viable candidate to eventually run Kelly's spread offense.

But Kiel is evidently not intimidated by the competition.  

Needless to say, this will greatly increase the enthusiasm surrounding the Irish's gridiron fortunes for the next four years.  

So stay tuned for some great things to come from this Fighting Irish program.