Decision Draws Near for Kiel

Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Dusty Kiel has made the Senior Camp rounds, he's picked up a handful of scholarship offers, and he's closing in on a decision. See what the 6-3, 220-pounder has to say about the IU program and about making a decision soon...

Bloomington – The wait is nearly over for Columbus (Ind.) East quarterback Dusty Kiel.

After visiting five one-day camps in recent weeks and securing a handful of scholarship offers, the 6-3, 220-pound signal caller is planning on making his college choice in the next couple of weeks. He has scholarship offers from IU, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo, and is closing in on a choice.

"I pretty well know everyone who is interested, so I'm going to get it over with and pick a school," Kiel said. "I've seen all of them and seen what they have to offer, so there's really no point in waiting."

The IU coaching staff is hoping Kiel opts to add his name to their 2009 list of commits. One of a handful of talented in-state quarterbacks in the class, Kiel completed 158-of-262 passes for 2,591 yards and 33 touchdowns last fall. He's one-half of arguably the state's best pitch-and-catch combination along with wide receiver and IU recruiting target Duwyce Wilson.

Kiel has become familiar with the IU program via a variety of camps and unofficial visits in recent years, and says there's plenty to like about Coach Bill Lynch's program.

"Indiana is one of my top schools – I love the coaching staff there," Kiel said. "Coach (Matt) Canada seems like a really good guy and someone I'd like to have coach me for four or five years."

Canada would certainly like having Kiel is his arsenal of quarterbacks as well. The latest in a long family line of quarterbacks from the Columbus area, Dusty is a big, strong-armed prospect who is in the process of shattering most of Columbus East's single-season and career passing marks.

"Most of the coaches I talk to say I have good accuracy, my arm strength is good, and they like my footwork," Kiel said. "Even though I'm a big guy and I'm not a Michael Vick type of runner, they think if I get in trouble I have the mobility to get out of the pocket."

Those are traits that have impressed IU as well as the four MAC schools that have already offered. Kiel said there's also a possibility that Cincinnati could jump into the mix as well with an offer in the next couple of weeks.

While each of potential destinations have plenty of positives, Indiana does have the allure of the Big Ten along with the luxury of being only an hour away from his Columbus-area home.

"It would mean a lot to stay and play in my home state," Kiel said. "IU is probably about an hour from my house, and that's great. I could come home on a weekend if I'm not doing anything and not have to drive six hours."

The IU staff, meanwhile, is also playing up the opportunity to play close to home. But they've also been pointing to the $55 million facility enhancement project that's currently underway along with the fact the Hoosiers are coming off their bowl trip in more than a decade.

"The thing I hear the most is we want you to come be a great quarterback in your home state, in your backyard," Kiel said.

So will Kiel be the next player to add his name to IU's commitment list? It's a possibility, but Kiel said the Hoosier staff isn't pressuring him into a decision.

"They just tell me whenever I feel it's right in my heart to commit, that's when I should commit," Kiel said.

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