Monday, April 8, 2013
Latest on Gunner Kiel's transfer options
By Vince Verhei
UPDATE: Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel continues to take visits. Two stops have commenced since he visited Cincinnati's campus a little over a week ago. Kiel is still contemplating a SEC option. And the Bearcats are still a legitimate option.
Tennessee simply isn't a good fit for Kiel due to a couple factors. First, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is close to Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. Jones is a former Kelly assistant. Second, the Volunteers expect to run a spread offense which utilizes athletic quarterbacks. Kiel is a traditional pocket passer.
UPDATE: Quarterback Gunner Kiel has options. After he visited Cincinnati this past weekend, the Notre Dame transfer discussed potential destinations with ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad.
"Kiel said he has been contacted by Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Kansas State and that Tennessee, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) are also all options. Kiel said he's not sure which school he'll visit next," Schad reported.
The key for Kiel is the ability to compete for a starting position. Each of those programs will present an opportunity to do so after he sits out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Although, a few of the programs already have talented quarterbacks in line to replace those already on the roster.
Jake Waters was the nation's No. 1 JUCO quarterback before signing with Kansas State. The Wildcats are likely his team for the next couple of seasons. Dak Prescott is already being groomed as Tyler Russell's successor at Mississippi State. Ole Miss has a pair of ESPN 300 signal callers joining the team in the fall. And Tennessee will have a new starting quarterback named this season to replace Tyler Bray.
Kiel's best options to eventually start may be with Cincinnati or the three MAC programs.