Gunner Kiel is far and away the top remaining quarterback of the 2012 class. In fact, many believe he is the best quarterback in the 2012 class period.
Kiel has ideal size and height for an elite quarterback at 6’4" and 220 pounds. He is very strong for a quarterback his age and surprisingly athletic as well.
Columbus East High School runs a four-wide offense with Kiel in the shotgun. This offense suits him well because he can make any throw needed both vertically and horizontally.
Kiel gets rid of the ball so fast and his release is so quick that defenses rarely get any pressure on him.
He runs the ball a lot in this offense off of zone reads; this is when both his athleticism and competitiveness are on the greatest display.
He keeps the ball tight to his body and his quick feet make him a legitimate threat. However, what I like the most is how he lowers his shoulder whenever the first down marker is within reach.
What makes him special as a thrower is how hard and tight he can throw the ball when he sets his feet. Yet on the next play he might throw a fade with perfect touch.
My only concern for him is we have not seen him under center enough. Can he make the same reads dropping back to pass?
With his talent and competitiveness I would not bet against him.