Former five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel has chosen Cincinnati as his next destination following his transfer from Notre Dame, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.
The Class of 2012 product, who chose to part ways with the Fighting Irish after one season, selected the Bearcats after recently spending time on campus and taking in a Bearcats scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium. Obviously, new Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw made quite an impression on the former ND signal-caller. The Bearcats also will play a pro-style system that should favor Kiel's dropback abilities.
Of course, Tuberville is looking to put his stamp on the Cincinnati program after arriving from Texas Tech. The former Red Raiders head coach took over the Bearcats from Butch Jones, who left to take over at Tennessee. Being able to land a talent such as Kiel, who was committed to Indiana and LSU before deciding to attend Notre Dame, is a risk that Tuberville is apparently willing to take.
Kiel, who is from Columbus, IN, will be able to play at a school that is roughly an hour and a half from his hometown. He will have a chance to win the starting quarterback job in 2014 with the Bearcats having a couple of veteran quarterbacks moving on after 2013. Kiel will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2014.
The 6-4, 210-pounder was the Fighting Irish’s scout team quarterback last year while Everett Golson started and Tommy Rees came off of the bench. Andrew Hendrix was also ahead of Kiel on the depth chart. The nephew of former ND quarterback Blair Kiel ultimately was redshirted in 2012.