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Is Gunner Kiel Preparing to Visit Mississippi State Bulldogs?

Matt Cashore – USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Tennessee are the three SEC still in the picture to land former Notre Dame quarterback, Gunner Kiel after he elected to transfer from the national runners-up after his freshman season.

Following his decision to transfer from the Fighting Irish, I looked at four schools in the SEC that could or should be interested in the former five-star recruit and I think Mississippi State is the perfect fit for him. Kiel would have a clear path to earning the starting quarterback job in 2014 after sitting out a season for transfer rules and competing with Dak Prescott and maybe Cord Sandberg for the job after Tyler Russell graduates.

Kiel visited Cincinnati this weekend and is unsure where his next visit will be. According to ESPN’s Joe Schad he hopes to make a decision regarding where he will transfer to by the end of spring football and has been in contact with the Bulldogs.

If I’m Dan Mullen, I’m trying to get Kiel to come to Starkville for the team’s spring game Apr. 20. Then he can sell him on the program and university and sit down with him and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Les Koenning to convince him that Mississippi State will give him the best opportunity to get onto the field in 2014.

Ole Miss will not give him the opportunity to start in 2014 with Bo Wallace likely returning for his senior season and third as the team’s starting quarterback. Tennessee is an intriguing option, but they have a number of highly regarded underclassmen that could vie for playing time.

Besides these aforementioned programs, Kansas State, Northern Illinois, Miami (OH), and Ball State from the Mid American Conference are in the mix according to Schad, but my prediction is that Kiel ends up in the SEC at Mississippi State.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your Google network.