Gunner Kiel Reportedly Plans to Transfer from Notre Dame

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 7, 2013

After redshirting during Notre Dame's impressive 2012 season, quarterback Gunner Kiel has reportedly decided to transfer. 

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Gunner Kiel’s career at Notre Dame may end before it ever really started.

Irish Sports Daily has learned that the Notre Dame freshman intends to transfer. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Columbus, Ind., enrolled in classes at South Bend a year ago after graduating early from Columbus East High School.

Blue & Gold Illustrated confirmed the news. 

Kiel, who was rated by 247Sports' composite rankings as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and 27th-best prospect overall from the 2012 class, is starting to gain a reputation for being indecisive, if he hadn't earned that already.  

Before committing to Notre Dame, Kiel committed to and decommitted from both Indiana and LSU. The decision to leave LSU sparked several controversial comments from Tigers head coach Les Miles. 

This time around, however, it's not difficult to see why Kiel is reportedly deciding to leave South Bend. 

As a sophomore, Everett Golson completed 58.8 percent of his throws for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for another 298 yards and six scores. 

Most importantly, Golson led the Irish to an undefeated regular-season record and a spot in the BCS national championship. 

If the super-talented Kiel is interested in getting playing time, leaving Notre Dame could be the best decision in the long run. There's a good chance he wouldn't get a full-time starting gig with the Irish until Golson graduates, which could be a two-year wait.  

But for now, that's just speculation as to why the young QB might be leaving. 

It's also unknown where Kiel may go. He is from Indiana, though, and his interest in Notre Dame and the Hoosiers in the past suggests he might want to stay somewhat close to home.