Updating 5-star QB Kiel's Status

Gunner Kiel, the nation's No. 1 quarterback, was on Notre Dame's campus late last week for an official visit. The Columbus (Ind.) East High signal caller is looking at a handful of schools, but when could a decision be coming? And does he still plan on enrolling early in a school?

Columbus (Ind.) East High five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel continues with his recruiting process, and although his family keeps most things close to the vest, the plans remain for him to decide in the near future.

Kiel, who made an official visit to Notre Dame late last week and left before many of the other visitors rolled into town, continues to plan a January enrollment, according to his high school coach.

"I don't know when he's going to make a decision," Columbus East coach Bob Gaddis said. "I think he still hopes to make his decision before the second semester starts. That was still what he was trying to get done, but it's really been kind of a whirlwind with him. We weren't finished until late November and then he's been trying to pull everything together."

Kiel, who is Scout.com's No. 1 quarterback and stands 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, has also been to LSU and Vanderbilt, Gaddis said. Kiel is also looking at USC, but Gaddis acknowledged many schools already hold commitments from quarterbacks and aren't willing to either take a second, or make a swap, this late in the process.

Gaddis added Kiel isn't targeting schools with quarterback commitments because he doesn't want to upset the process, especially since he was off the market for much of the season after originally committing to Indiana.

However, once Kiel makes a decision, enrolling January and participating in spring practice remains the preferred plan.

"I know that's what he wants to do. It's his goal," Gaddis said. "When he was formulating is whole plan for the next level, spring ball was a part of it because he wanted to have the opportunity to go in and learn the system. I think he knows there's going to be a lot more to learn, and I think he's a young man that's ready for that.

"He's thirsting for that knowledge he's going to get at the next level."

Physically, Gaddis thinks Kiel is ready to play in college.

"He's very accurate," Gaddis said. "Being accurate throwing the ball down the field is one of his fortes. I think what he'll need to get much better at is checking the ball down and throwing that intermediate pass, which we've not done as much in high school.

"The fact he's got the mechanics, the arm strength, those kinds of things, I think he's going to be able to come in and compete. In my opinion, I think he'll go in and be physically able to handle it."

However, the mental aspect is always the most challenging aspect of a quarterback transitioning into college.

"You've got to be able to read coverages, know protections," Gaddis said. "Those are things he's going learn."

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