Kiel Has Phenomenal Day

Gunner Kiel is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2012 recruiting class. The junior from Columbus East High School (Ind.) worked out for Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar on Wednesday at the Notre Dame football camp.

As the nephew of former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel, you would have expected Gunner Kiel (6-foot-4, 200-pounds) to have made a few visits to the Notre campus. Despite his family bloodlines, Gunner's appearance at the Notre Dame football camp was just his second trip to South Bend.

"It was only the second time I've been to Notre Dame," Kiel said. "I went to a spring practice a couple months ago. The tradition is very strong up there. Seeing the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus and all the chapels was very special. It's a great environment, and it's a very special place.

"I wanted to come back to Notre Dame and see the campus a little more. I wanted to talk to coach Molnar and show him what I'm all about, as far as throwing the ball and try to impress him a little. I think I did pretty well today, and hopefully I impressed him."

Interestingly enough, Gunner had seen more of Charley Molnar in the past than he had the Notre Dame campus.

"Coach Molnar recruited both of my brothers. When he was at Central Michigan, he recruited older brother Drew (Illinois State) and when he was at Cincinnati, he recruited my middle brother Dusty (Indiana). The first time I met him I was in the seventh grade, so I know him pretty well and I know what he's about.

"I talked to him (Molnar) a little bit before I left. He said a lot of good things, so it was a pretty good day. He said that I did a phenomenal job. I was very surprised that he said that and very happy. He also said that the way I throw the football, it's the way they want someone to throw the ball in their offense.

"He said that they were going to recruit me. They were going to see how things were going to go. He was going to report back to coach Kelly and they'd discuss what they were going to do about an offer."

Kiel already has verbal offers from Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Cincinnati and Tennessee. Although he likes the idea of playing in an offense the puts the ball in the air, there will be more that goes into his decision than the style of offense the school runs.

"I love to throw the ball," he explained. "But I want to go somewhere I can get the best education and really don't care what offense they run. As long as we're winning games I'm fine, because it about the team and not about the individuals.

My coach is handling most of that (recruiting), because I'm just concentrating on my team and trying to get better with them. I'm not really worried about college right now."


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