Gunner Kiel to Make College Choice by Christmas: Odds for Notre Dame, LSU, Vandy
Merry Christmas to all college football fans. Well, really to just Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt fans, because one of those lucky teams will find out real soon if they have landed a 5-star quarterback.
Gunner Kiel is considered by many to be the top quarterback prospect in the country and will instantly make any offense better. He is a pro-style quarterback and has everything a team looks for. He has mobility, an accurate arm and can make every throw on the football field.
One of those three schools will get an early Christmas present as he's expected to make a decision by the time the weekend arrives.
Here are the chances each school ends up with him.
I don't have Vanderbilt here because it would be the easy thing to do. Everybody knows Kiel isn't afraid of a smaller school as he committed to Indiana before backing out.
The reason I have the Commodores as the least likely possibility is because he'll have tough competition ahead of him. Vanderbilt is a program that is on the rise and has solid young quarterback prospects already on the roster.
I'm not so sure Kiel is willing to sit for a while and have to compete for his starting job every year. There are bigger programs he's considering that have less quarterback competition.
LSU has two seniors leaving in Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee but still have a quality player in Zach Mettenberger. Both quarterbacks are capable of being starters and the back-up wouldn't be happy sitting on the bench.
The quarterback situation in LSU isn't as deep as it is in Vanderbilt, but having a quality quarterback already on the roster makes things questionable.
I wouldn't be surprised if he chose the Tigers, but I believe there is another school that has more to offer.
I think it'll be almost impossible for Kiel to turn down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They are the program with the most history, have great academics and are a program that is struggling to find a top quarterback. Not to mention they are on national television nearly every game, which doesn't hurt.
When you have a chance to become the starting quarterback for Notre Dame, you have to take advantage of it. It's one of the most prestigious programs in the country. It's also close to home as he is from Indiana.
The 5-star recruit could end up at any of these three schools, but if I had to pick, I think he's going to Notre Dame.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com