Quick Hits Class of 2012: Quarterbacks

A look at early names at the top of the Irish recruiting list for the Class of 2012. We continue our series with the quarterback position where the Irish have already targeted a trio of players.

As Brian Kelly has stated, the Irish will look to take a quarterback in each class in the coming years.  For 2012, the Irish have issued a couple of offers looking to snag up their future signal caller early in the process. 

Gunner Kiel: Columbus (IN) East High School

HT: 6-foot-4 / WT: 200-pounds

Scout.com Ranking:  4-Star

The Breakdown: Kiel knows all about Notre Dame and is no stranger to Brian Kelly as the Irish head coach recruited his older brothers Drew and Dustin just a few years ago while at Cincinnati.  While Kelly offered Dustin late in the process, he did not hesitate on Gunner who has the big-time arm and overall ability to run the Irish offense.  Some people feel this is a slam-dunk recruit with the family ties to Notre Dame.  However, Gunner has quickly put together a solid national offer list and seems to be looking at several programs at this time.

Maty Mauk: Kenton (OH) High School

HT: 6-foot-2 / WT: 190-pounds

Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star

The Breakdown: Just like Kiel, head coach Brian Kelly knows all about Maty and offered him during his freshman year of high school while at Cincinnati.   While many just assumed the younger Mauk held an Irish offer, it was just in the past few weeks the Irish staff stressed their solid interest.  Maty knows what to expect from Brian Kelly and while older brother Ben may be pushing towards Kelly, Maty is looking at several different options as more programs are seeing his overall potential.  Like Kiel, many felt Mauk would accept his offer without much thought; however, it seems the plan now is to look at a few things before pushing forward.

Jameis Winston: Hueytown (AL) High School

HT: 6-foot-4 / WT: 190-pounds

Scout.com Ranking: 4-Star

The Breakdown: A better overall runner than Mauk or Kiel, Winston shows tremendous upside to his overall game.  While the other two quarterback are more polished passers at this point, Winston is not far behind and creates major match-up problems for defenses.  With a solid offer sheet, Winston looks to be a player who will have his choice and may be hard to pull out of his home state as both Alabama and Auburn are in hot pursuit with many feeling the Tide holds the early advantage.

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