Gunner Kiel is on the market again, and for the second time in as many years, he's considering signing with a team in the SEC.
Notre Dame announced in March that the former 5-star quarterback from 247Sports.com in the class of 2012 will seek a transfer from South Bend. According to ESPN.com, he could be headed to the nation's top football conference.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State have reached out to the Columbus, Ind. native. Tennessee is also in consideration.
He'd be a perfect fit with head coach Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford.
No, this isn't another one in a long line of "Player X transfers to Ole Miss" jokes, which have dominated the Internet for about five years (even though quarterbacks Bo Wallace, Barry Brunetti, Randall Mackey, Zack Stoudt, Jeremiah Masoli and Jevan Snead all transferred to Ole Miss over the last half-decade).
Wallace, a junior, is the unquestioned starter in Oxford for the 2013 season. That would allow Kiel to sit out his transfer season, compete with Wallace in 2014, and possibly earn his way into the starting lineup.
Wallace was inconsistent at times in 2012, throwing 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Good? Yes. Beatable if he doesn't improve? You bet.
Can you imagine the possibilities of Kiel in Freeze's offense? Sure, he was unable to overtake Everett Golson at Notre Dame, but Golson had a one-year head start on Kiel. Freshmen sometimes struggle adjusting to the speed of the game, but he would get the benefit of at least two years of preparation and maybe more in this scenario.
You can see from his highlights that he is accurate, smart, makes good decisions and is mobile enough in the pocket to keep opposing defenses honest. In other words, he's a perfect fit for Ole Miss. Just because he wasn't good enough to start for Notre Dame as a true freshman doesn't mean that his potential is gone.
Plus, for Ole Miss, it would be a fantastic public relations move.
After a 7-6 season and a top-10 recruiting class, the program is hot right now. Keeping it in the news cycle by luring a former 5-star quarterback to campus will keep that momentum going in the right direction.
If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. So be it. Either way, having too many quarterbacks is a good problem to have.
Plus, Kiel's presence in Oxford would add a lot to the SEC.
When he signed with Notre Dame in 2012, LSU head coach Les Miles said that Kiel didn't "have the chest" to lead LSU—a program he was once committed to.
Let's see if he has the chest to beat LSU.
LSU is a juggernaut (yes, even during the 2013 "rebuilding year"), Ole Miss is on the rise and the Magnolia Bowl between the two schools is a very underrated rivalry.
Kiel to Ole Miss would spice it up.
That is, of course, as long as he has "the chest" to do it.
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