Gunner Kiel Commits to the Indiana Hoosiers and Stuns the Recruiting World

FancloudContributor IIIJuly 27, 2011

Gunner is a Hoosier
Gunner is a Hoosier

Gunner Kiel has shocked the recruiting world by committing to Indiana University. The commitment to Indiana is considered one of the biggest recruiting upsets in the last 20 years.

Kiel, who is ranked as the No. 1 prospect by and Prepstar Magazine, will join an Indiana program that has only 17 Big Ten Conference wins in the last decade.

The commitment by Kiel shows the brilliance in the coaching hire of first-year head coach Kevin Wilson.

Wilson came to Indiana after an impressive stint at Oklahoma, where he groomed several quarterbacks, including No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford.

Gunner Kiel was dazzled by Wilson, which led to his decision to commit to the Hoosiers.

"There’s no question,” said Kip Kiel, Gunner’s father. “That was a huge part of it. Not just Bradford, but several quarterbacks. He’s done a tremendous job developing quarterbacks. That goes back to his time at Northwestern and even before that.”

Gunner, who had offers from every major program in the country, never named a list of schools he was considering.

"It came down to gut feel and where he felt most comfortable,” Kip said. “With Alabama there’s obviously a lot of tradition. But Coach Wilson has done a great job, and there’s a lot of excitement in Bloomington right now. I think Gunner felt that.”

Gunner, the 6'4", 220-pound pro-style QB, had a breakout junior year where he passed for 2,645 yards and 36 touchdowns at Columbus East. He added 238 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns.

The Hoosiers landed an absolute stud in Gunner Kiel. He shocked the recruiting world today and will likely shock defenses in the Big Ten for years to come!