It has been confirmed that Gunner Kiel intends to transfer and won’t play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Who is next to be in line for the indecisive quarterback who does not want strong competition for the starting spot on him team? There will be takers because Kiel had multiple scholarship offers, but top teams are not going to be flocking to Kiel like they were when he was in high school.
Last season, Kiel could not beat out Everett Golson, and he is choosing not to attempt to rectify that battle this spring. If Kiel was to beat out Golson, he would have to defend his position next season against new Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire who, like Kiel, is a top-notch recruit.
So Kiel is leaving, but where will he end up playing after sitting out again next season?
Kiel could end up at a Mid-American Conference School, and there are a few that could be a good fit for Kiel.
Playing for the Northern Illinois Huskies would be an interesting option for Kiel. The Huskies are coming off of an impressive season, making it to a BCS Bowl for the first time in the schools history. Other MAC teams that could make a run for Kiel are Ball State and Miami of Ohio, but the MAC is not going to be the only option for Kiel.
Kiel could possibly follow the last quarterback to transfer from Notre Dame, Demetrius Jones, and head to Cincinnati.
It is also possible that Kiel could play in the conference that he was originally committed the Big Ten. Kiel originally committed to play for Indiana before ditching the Hoosiers for LSU, but he changed his mind and went to Notre Dame over LSU.
Possible Big Ten options for Kiel include Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue. Others could be in the mix, but with Kiel not having a desire to compete against top competition, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana should be eliminated early in Kiel’s fourth round of choosing schools.
Kiel could be a great talent, but he definitely has maturity issues. He will have to learn quickly that despite wherever he chooses to transfer to, he will eventually have to compete for a starting job — versus running away from competition.