Since kneeling to starter Everett Golson and transferring out of Notre Dame last month, the 6-foot-4, 210 pound Kiel mulled offers from Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Tennessee, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio).
After sandbagging Indiana University and Louisiana State University, the 19-year-old Kiel, ranked as the preeminent passing recruit in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com, committed to Notre Dame in January 2012.
Barely a year later, the winner of the Indiana Mr. Football Award proved to be a coward and bolted from South Bend without even challenging the 20-year-old Golson.
Possessing great arm strength and pinpoint accuracy, Kiel should have battled Golson and made Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly seriously consider making a switch.
Now, rather than wearing the Gold and Navy Blue, Gunner Kiel will forever look yellow donning Bearcat Black and Red starting in the autumn of 2014.by