Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel is transferring, and one school that should pursue the former No. 1 ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2012 is Arkansas, where Bret Bielema is familiar with accepting transfers at that position.
When Bielema was the head coach at Wisconsin, he took former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson and rode his right arm to the Rose Bowl. A year later, he took another “free-agent” quarterback and welcomed Danny O’Brien to Madison, so clearly he has no aversion to taking in a quarterback that needs a home and handing him the keys to the offense.
Arkansas enters spring practice with Brandon Allen fighting off former wide receiver Brandon Mitchell for the starting quarterback spot. Allen is my pick to get the nod this year and like Kiel, was a former highly-regarded high school quarterback after a senior season where he didn’t throw a single interception.
If Kiel were to enroll at Arkansas this season, he would be the most talented arm on the Razorbacks roster in my opinion, and would compete with Allen to be the starter in 2014.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that non-BCS schools at the moment are the most interested in Kiel, with Northern Illinois, Miami (Oh) and Ball State hoping to land the former five-star quarterback, but Arkansas would be wise to get into that race as well.
If you were Kiel and Arkansas and those non-BCS schools were after you, which one would you pick?
You’d pick Arkansas, and Bielema should do whatever he can do to bring Kiel to Fayetteville.