Former Notre Dame QB Gunner Kiel announces transfer options, mulls SEC

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel (1) stretches during practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel (1) stretches during practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

Former five-star high school QB recruit Gunner Kiel announced that he would be transferring from Notre Dame in March, following just one season with the Fighting Irish. On Tuesday, he unveiled where he has been thinking about playing his future college ball, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Of those schools, Kiel has already visited Cincinnati.

While some are saying that Butch Jones now heading up Tennessee’s program gives the Vols a recruiting advantage, Kiel has yet to decide where he will be visiting next.

“The biggest factor for me now going through it all again is having a great relationship with my position coach,” said Kiel, adding that he knows he’ll have to sit out another season.

Thus, he is looking for a school where he will be able to compete for the starting position in 2014.

“This is something you don’t want to do,” Kiel said. “But at the same time, I’m doing what’s in my best interest and to get on the field.”

Of course, after redshirting his first year in South Bend, Kiel will have gone a full two years without any meaningful competition on the gridiron. Transferring is not exactly the best way to get on the field, but right now it is looking easier and faster than it would be if he remains stuck with the Fighting Irish.

Everett Golson led the team to the BCS National title game in 2012, and he showed vast improvement from the start of the year to the end. The dual-threat passer still has years left on campus, thus minimizing Kiel’s chances for playing time.

Kiel was committed to both Indiana and LSU at various times before finally deciding upon Notre Dame. However, neither the Hoosiers nor the Tigers seem to be on Kiels’ radar this time around.

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