If Notre Dame loses out on Kiel, could attention turn to Fuller?

Gunner Kiel, arguably the top quarterback in the Class of 2012, is close to making his final decision and will likely choose between LSU, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.

The 6-4, 215-pounder, who was named Indiana Mr. Football by the Indianapolis Star and will graduate early from Columbus East High School to enroll in a university in January, will make his destination known any day now after rumblings that he was ready to make an announcement by Christmas. Many believe that the one-time Indiana commit will ultimately choose Baton Rouge.

So if the Fighting Irish lose out on Kiel, where would Brian Kelly and Co. turn?

Apparently, the ND staff is wasting no time on a top backup plan, as the program is recruiting Northern Valley (Old Tappan, N.J.) star Devin Fuller, according to Fuller's father, Bart.

While not the pro-style quarterback like Kiel, Fuller is a dual-threat that could possibly fit into Kelly's spread scheme more naturally than Kiel. He's also athletic enough that he could play a number of positions at the college level. In fact, the Irish originally were recruiting him as a defensive back.

Fuller, who is also being wooed by schools such as Nebraska, TCU and Rutgers, could wait to make a decision until National Signing Day. During his senior year, he completed 127 of 195 passes for 2,247 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,326 yards and 17 more scores.

Check out the video below, courtesy of VarsityHighlights, of Fuller's junior year in 2010.

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