Turns out there was one more present under the LSU football program’s Christmas tree after all.
And boy was this one was worth the wait.
Five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel committed to the Tigers after a second trip through the recruiting cycle the last two months after he backed off a pledge to Indiana.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Kiel is rated as the 16th best player in the country and the top quarterback. He capped his three-year career at Columbus East in Indiana by being named the Hoosier State’s Mr. Football by the Indianapolis Star.
As a senior, Kiel passed for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns and ran for 482 and 11 scores.
He bolsters a 2012 LSU recruiting class to 22 commitments and is the first QB in the group. Kiel will enroll at LSU in January, which makes him available for spring practice.
Kiel’s pending arrival fortifies a position in flux for the Tigers. Seniors Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee will both be in uniform for the final time on Jan. 9 in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama, sending LSU into a new era.
Zach Mettenberger will be a junior in 2012 and is the heir apparent as the starting QB, with current freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall – both probable redshirts – waiting in the wings.
With Kiel on the way, the competition figures to be heightened even more.
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