Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel (5) throws in the fourth quarter of the spring game at Notre Dame Stadium. Kiel wore the number five jersey in honor of his uncle and former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel who died on April 8, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Gunner Kiel Transfer: Former Five-Star Recruit Leaving Notre Dame


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off of an appearance in the national championship, but it looks like they will be heading in to next season without a key member of their 2012 recruiting class.

Former top recruit Gunner Kiel — who was a five or four-star recruit depending on your preferred scouting service — plans to transfer from the program.

Kiel committed to the Fighting Irish after decommitting from Indiana.

Per Irish Illustrated:

After spending last season as a scout team quarterback the former [top] prospect from Columbus, Ind., plans to transfer, a source tells Irish Illustrated. Kiel enrolled at Notre Dame last winter after graduating from high school a semester early.

Potential landing spots for Kiel include Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and Cincinnati.

Without Kiel, Notre Dame has last year’s starter Everett Golson, along with Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and incoming freshman Malik Zaire.

Notre Dame will likely roll with Golson once again, but keep an eye on where Kiel lands. He is a talented passer with a bright future ahead of him.

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