Gunner Kiel staying at Cincinnati; Everett Golson can return to Notre Dame in 2014

Gunner Kiel Notre DameGunner Kiel shot down speculation that he might return to Notre Dame in light of Everett Golson’s status change.

Golson, who started 11 games for the Irish last season as a redshirt freshman, is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame because of an academic violation. The change in Golston’s status sparked speculation that Kiel could return to Notre Dame despite transferring to Cincinnati last month. Kiel says he’s not going back to South Bend.

“I’m a Bearcat,” Kiel wrote in a text message to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I don’t know what’s happening at Notre Dame, but I know Gunner is happy with us,” Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville told The Enquirer.

While Kiel is staying at Cincinnati, it looks like Golson could be back with Notre Dame in 2014.

Golson wrote the following in a statement released by Notre Dame on Sunday.

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Gunner Kiel could transfer back to Notre Dame without much issue

Gunner Kiel Notre DameThe news that Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame has left many people noting the poor timing (and luck) of Gunner Kiel, who decided to transfer to Cincinnati in April.

Kiel was a top quarterback recruit entering college. He initially committed to Indiana and then LSU before backing out and deciding to attend Notre Dame. Kiel wound up behind Golson and Tommy Rees on the depth chart and decided to leave the school in the spring.

Despite deciding to transfer to Cincinnati, Kiel could still return to Notre Dame without much issue if he chooses.

An April 19 report in the Chicago Tribune said Kiel’s transfer was completed and that the quarterback was scheduled to begin classes at the school on May 6. He would have to sit out the season per transfer rules and he would have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

Now here’s the important information for those wondering if Kiel could return to Notre Dame. John Infante of Bylaw Blog says there is a bylaw that allows student-athletes to return to their original school if there was minimal or no participation at the previous school.

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Gunner Kiel reportedly planning to transfer from Notre Dame

Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel was one of the most highly-touted prospects of the 2012 high school recruiting class, and he took several schools along for the ride. Kiel, who is from Indiana, committed to Indiana University in the summer of 2011 before switching to LSU. He was set to enroll at LSU last January, but his mother reportedly became very emotional about her son going to school so far from home. At the last second, Kiel wound up committing to Notre Dame.

Now, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman may have changed his mind yet again. According to Irish Sports Daily, Kiel intends to transfer from Notre Dame. He spent the 2012 season as the scout team quarterback for the Irish and was redshirted, meaning he still has four years of eligibility remaining. Many believed Kiel could challenge Everett Golson for the starting quarterback position this spring.

Kiel graduated early from high school and was considered the nation’s top prep school quarterback in the class of 2012. When he switched his commitment to Notre Dame just days before he was scheduled to enroll at LSU, Les Miles was not pleased.

“There was a gentleman from Indiana that thought about coming to the Bayou state,” Miles said at the time, via ESPN.com. “He did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program, so you know.”

It’s unclear what Kiel’s motives would be for transferring from Notre Dame or where he intends to go. While we don’t know a whole lot about Kiel as a college quarterback just yet, we can be certain of one thing — he’s one indecisive young man.

Gunner Kiel Switches Commitment from LSU to Notre Dame after Mother’s Emotional Plea

High school quarterback prospect Gunner Kiel ended a wild recruitment when he switched his commitment from LSU and enrolled at Notre Dame, the school announced Tuesday.

Kiel, who is from Columbus, Indiana, committed to Indiana last summer before switching to LSU. He was set to enroll at LSU on Monday, but the distance from home became a reality for his family when he was all set to leave.

“From what I have been told, he is no longer coming to LSU,” recruiting expert Michael Scarborough of Rivals.com told The Shreveport Times Monday night. “He wants to come to LSU, but his mother (Aleta Kiel) got very emotional Monday and did not want her son to leave. He plans to enroll in classes at Notre Dame on Tuesday.

“What has been relayed to me is that he wants to come to LSU, but his parents want him at Notre Dame because it is closer to home,” Scarborough said.

Kiel enrolled at Notre Dame Tuesday, so the story has been confirmed. I don’t necessarily think his decision is a bad one — I’ve seen a lot of highly-touted recruits go across the country and flop. Most of the successful players I’ve seen stayed close to home. It just sucks that he didn’t make his decision earlier and that he took LSU along for a jerky ride.

Now it only remains to be seen if Landon Collins’ mother convinces her son to switch from Alabama to LSU.

H/T Fark, Deadspin