Gunner Kiel Drops LSU Commitment; Enrolls at Notre Dame

Indiana prep quarterback Gunner Kiel has switched his commitment from Louisiana State to Notre Dame, the school confirmed Tuesday in a press release.

Kiel, who is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and Rivals.com’s No. 1 pro style quarterback in the country, verbally committed to LSU on Dec. 27 over Notre Dame and a host of other schools, including Indiana. Gunner had previously committed to Indiana in the fall.

“This recruitment process was a roller-coaster ride at times, but I know I have made the right decision for my family and me,” Kiel said in a news release.

In the end, however, the highly sought recruit says he chose the Fighting Irish for three reasons:

“There were three critical elements I was looking for in my future school: the quality of education I would receive, the distance from home and the comfort level I would have with the players and coaches in the football program,” Kiel said in an issued statement.

“Notre Dame was the perfect fit for me because it hit all three areas.”

Kiel, named Indiana’s Mr. Football last year, hurled for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns, and ran for 11 more scores as a senior at Columbus High School (Ind.).He passed for 7,175 yards in his high school career.

To see some of Gunner Kiel’s highlights during the 2011 season, watch the clip below: