Gunner Kiel: Which School Is the Best Fit for Nation's Top Quarterback Prospect?

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 24, 2011

It's only a matter of time before Gunner Kiel, the top quarterback prospect in the nation, chooses where he will be heading to school next season.

Kiel is ranked as the top quarterback by and and is expected to make his decision known by Christmas.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kiel has narrowed down his decision to Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Here is what Scout had to say about Kiel:

"Kiel has the size you want in a QB, and can also move and plays with his feet. He's not necessarily a dual threat, but is a tough, effective runner and can buy time with his mobility. He is very accurate, sees the field well and makes excellent decisions. He can make the throws and get the ball into traffic. His arm strength is good, but improvement can still be made to push it to elite. Is smart and a good leader as well."

But don't take their word for it—take a look for yourself.

Right now, everybody is trying to figure out which school Kiel is going to choose. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of his choices.

Notre Dame is the only local choice remaining for the kid out of Columbus, Ind.

Notre Dame is also the most prestigious school on the list; say what you want about LSU and Vanderbilt, but the value of the Notre Dame name is much higher. The history alone is enough to draw recruits to Notre Dame.

The Irish have struggled to find a consistent quarterback in recent years but could get that guy in Kiel.

Vanderbilt is the surprise school remaining on Kiel's list.

The Commodores may have finished the season 6-6, but they made huge strides under head coach James Franklin. Those strides were big enough for Kiel to at least consider heading to Vanderbilt. That should really say it all.

Kiel would likely spend the first season behind Jordan Rodgers, Aaron Rodgers' younger brother, to give him time to learn and become comfortable with the system.

LSU is the school that really stands out on the list as the obvious choice to most.

The Tigers are heading to the BCS National Championship Game in a few weeks with an undefeated record. They have among the best coaches, defenses and rushing attacks in the country.

The only blemish for the team is at the quarterback position.

Kiel has the ability to step in and be that guy immediately. Talk about setting up an opportunity to head to the NFL.

So which school should Kiel choose? Each of them has perks, but at the end of the day, one thing outweighs everything else—and that one thing is winning.

Kiel has the best opportunity to be a winner if he heads to Death Valley and becomes a Tiger.

But maybe winning isn't the most important thing to Kiel. We will know soon enough.