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Gunner Kiel Decommits: After QB Debacle in BCS Title Game, Can You Blame Him?

Les Miles will have to find another quarterback in the 2012 class to replace Gunner Keil, who is now headed to Notre Dame.
Les Miles will have to find another quarterback in the 2012 class to replace Gunner Keil, who is now headed to Notre Dame.Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 17, 2012

USA Today is reporting that top high school quarterback Gunner Kiel will not be attending LSU and will instead enroll in classes at Notre Dame.

"From what I have been told, he is no longer coming to LSU," recruiting expert Michael Scarborough of Rivals.com/TigerBait.com said Monday night. "He plans to enroll in classes at Notre Dame on Tuesday."

After watching how Les Miles has handled the quarterback situation in the past few seasons, especially in the BCS Championship Game, can you really blame Kiel for choosing Notre Dame?

Kiel is pro-style quarterback and Miles has shown that he prefers a dual-threat (or no-threat in the case of Jordan Jefferson) or rushing quarterback despite hiring a pass-friendly offensive coordinator in Steve Kragthorpe.

Though there is probably more to the Jarrett Lee benching than we know about, the lack of explanation and refusal to play him despite a complete lack of production from Jefferson, would give me great concern if I were Kiel.

The Tigers will be fine without Kiel and he’ll be fine without the Tigers, but there is no doubt that both would be better with him in purple and gold.

The Tigers will now have to target another quarterback in the 2012 class and will probably make a push for dual-threat quarterback Jeremy Liggins of Lafayette High in Oxford, Miss.

Liggins will be hard to lure simply because most Mississippi players, especially in the Oxford area, grow up either an Ole Miss or Mississippi State fan and have a deep-down passion for those programs.

The big advantage LSU has is that they are a nationally competitive program with much more exposure than either Mississippi school.

It will be interesting to see how Miles handles the loss of Kiel and how he approaches the recruitment of another quarterback from the 2012 class.

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