QB Kiel Officially At Notre Dame
Gunner Kiel
Gunner Kiel
Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 17, 2012

Notre Dame scored a major recruiting coup when Columbus (Ind.) East High five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel flipped his commitment from LSU and enrolled at Notre Dame today. He attended his first class, which binds him to the Irish. He was joined by Tee Shepard and Sheldon Day as early enrollees.

Columbus (Ind.) East High’s Gunner Kiel’s crazy, back-and-forth recruitment ended in 185 miles north of his home, and in a familiar place.

The five-star Kiel, who is Scout.com’s No. 1 quarterback in the recruiting class, attended his first class today. He made the switch to Notre Dame after not showing up at LSU on Monday.

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

"Coach Kelly was great throughout my recruitment, as many times our conversations had nothing do with football. That really showed me he had my best intentions in mind. He was persistent yet also patient while recruiting me and I look forward to playing for him the next four years. I couldn't be happier to be a member of the Fighting Irish football team. I'm excited about the future of the program."

Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.) five-star cornerback Tee Shepard, five-star defensive tackle Sheldon Day of Warren Central High (Indianapolis) and USC transfer running back Amir Carlisle also enrolled and attended classes today.

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