Tennessee has already offered 2012 QB

Who is the Vols top quarterback target for the Class of 2012? We may have the answer for you. It appears that Indiana signal caller Gunner Kiel impressed the Vol coaches earlier this summer and picked up an offer in the process. Go "Inside" to get Kiel's thoughts of Rocky Top.

It appears that Derek Dooley doesn't like to waste time in recruiting.

The Vols new head coach already has his No. 1 quarterback target for the recruiting class of 2011, and it appears that he may know who that top target is in the class of 2012.

One rising junior recently visited Rocky Top and camped one day out of a three-day camp and came away with an offer from Tennessee.

InsideTennessee.com caught up with Indiana signal caller Gunner Kiel on Saturday to gauge the quarterback's interest in the Vols.

"I really like Tennessee a lot," Kiel said. "I like what Coach Dooley and his staff stands for. I love the tradition of the Tennessee football Program. They are definitely one of my top favorites right now."

Kiel, who is holding eight offers going into his junior season this fall, took an unofficial visit to Tennessee earlier this summer.

"They were having a three-day camp and I participated just one of the three days," Kiel said. "I got the chance to throw for the coaching staff. After throwing I went to lunch with Matt Simms and talked to him about the UT football program. He loves it there. When I got back Coach Dooley called me into his office and told me I had an offer."

Kiel, who has grown up a huge Peyton Manning fan, couldn't believe the offer.

"Knowing I have a chance to play at the same college that he did is crazy," Kiel said. "I'm a huge fan. I walked around and took a big tour of the campus. I loved to see all the Peyton pictures while I was there."

Kiel got a chance to meet Manning last fall during his sophomore season.

"We played in the dome at Indy, and he came down and spoke to our team and the other teams playing. It was great to get to meet him."

Kiel earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore while completing 68 percent of his passes for 2,200 yards and 25 touchdowns. He added 400 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Brothers Drew and Dusty play at Illinois State and Indiana respectively.


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