After taking some time to process the transfer of five-star product Gunner Kiel, I personally came to a conclusion: OK. Kiel is extremely talented; a fiery product of Columbus, Indiana with a great upside. But after now his third move of university to university and hasn’t taken a snap under center in a college game, I was not disappointed or surprised by this move by Kiel.
The move leaves the Notre Dame depth chart with four quarterbacks, which has Everett Golson at the top of it heading into spring football next week. Rumors had surface that Kiel had a realistic shot of challenging Golson and Rees for the starting job heading into the season opener against Temple in August.
I watched film on the quarterback and listened to Blue/Gold Game stories from my grandfather who mentioned the kid “doesn’t fear a thing on the field”. When he committed to Notre Dame after decommitments from Indiana and LSU, I knew his attitude was a red flag, but I also thought coming to South Bend and going through Camp Kelly would help him mature faster and be a valuable asset to the program moving forward.
Prognosis: I wish Gunner the best. I had mentioned earlier that his upside is great. He’s a large body with a fairly decent arm and a no-fear, no-quit attitude under center. The perks of him coming out of high school were his ability to see downfield and his decision-making was pinpoint. He will have some transfer options in his future. It’s pretty obvious Kiel wants to start, and start now, but with his third move from school to school; he’s really going to have to prove he belongs on the field.