Cincinnati has landed its quarterback of the future. After visiting a few schools and considering a few others along the way, former Notre Dame signal-caller Gunner Kiel will become a Bearcat.
Joe Schad of ESPN reported the news:
Former ND QB Gunner Kiel will enroll at Cincinnati— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 10, 2013
Kiel had spent a lot of time checking out the Cincinnati campus, and it quickly appeared the school was his frontrunner. However, Kiel was interested in the SEC at one point, and Schad recently reported that a visit to Ole Miss could be in the cards as well.
Never mind all of those rumors, because Kiel is heading to the American Athletic Conference, where he will be eligible to become the starting quarterback as early as the 2014 season (he's forced to sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA rules). Cincinnati will continue to shuffle quarterbacks this year with hopes of more consistency after an up-and-down 2012.
As for what Kiel thinks about the opportunity? He couldn't be any more excited, as he told Schad earlier today:
Gunner Kiel: "The group of guys I'm going to be around is second to none. I love where (Cincinnati) is heading and the future is bright."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 10, 2013
Rivals labeled Kiel a 5-star recruit back in 2012 and considered him to be the best quarterback of the entire class. After flip-flopping between Indiana and LSU, the talented quarterback eventually landed up in Notre Dame, where he redshirted last season as a true freshman. But with the sudden emergence of Everett Golson and another talented recruit in Malik Zaire enrolling, Kiel realized his chances of becoming a starter took a hit.
Did Kiel make the right choice?
Kiel wanted to go to a school he could play for immediately and not have to worry about much competition. With there being no clear-cut favorite at the position right now and Munchie Legaux already entering his junior season, it is clear why Cincinnati appealed to him.
Current Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville has also had some decent success over the years at quarterback. Whether it was Jason Campbell in his days at Auburn or Seth Doege back at Texas Tech, Tuberville has history of making a winner out of the position.
After changing schools multiple times dating back to the recruiting process and being in the news for reasons other than football, hopefully Kiel has found the right place for a successful college football career.