Not too often does a player formerly on the scout team make the headlines that Gunner Kiel has made. Kiel was the next big thing when he came out of high school in 2011 as the top prep quarterback in the land, but things have since declined. While he may have all of the tangibles to exceed at the NCAAF level and beyond, Kiel continues to turn heads for all of the wrong reasons.
The Indiana Hoosiers, LSU Tigers, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have all been duped by Kiel for one reason or another. Kiel had committed to all three of the aforementioned schools, but will be playing his football for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2013. Kiel has yet to take a snap at the collegiate level and got beaten out by a redshirt freshman last year, so why are the Bearcats even interested in this prima donna?
With only high school statistics to go off of, Kiel was exceptionally efficient with over 240 passing yards a game and 36 touchdowns in his last year at Columbus East High School.
Apparently the Bearcats are hoping that Kiel can turn around his recent misfortunes with a return home as Cincinnati’s campus is a mere 90 miles from his hometown of Columbus, Indiana. It will take a miracle for Kiel to get out of the NCAA doghouse considering his antics with three different universities–especially with the Irish as Kiel had the opportunity to start this Fall.
He is not the first and will not be last to toy around universities, however Kiel is only hindering himself by not finding a place where he can play football and look to excel towards the NFL. With a 6-foot-4 frame it is not out of the question to say that Kiel could take the Big East by storm in 2014, but this QB has a lot to prove in what should be his first year of live collegiate action.