mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
wow, amazing pickup for them.
Holy cow, when was the last time IU picked up a football recruit with this amount of hype?
They've had some good players, but the only one who was a strong high school standout is Anthony Thompson that I know of.
As a Hoosier and an Indiana University graduate, I can assure you we have never had a recruit this big choose IU. The last time we were even respectable for more than a single year was during the Mallory era and Anthony Thompson, while a very good prospect, had nowhere near the hype Kiel does. Hell, most of my friends are excited when we geta borderline 3* at any position or even just a lot of dudes choosing IU, regardless of ranking.
Maybe we can finally win something besides the tailgate in the next four years!
I've been to a few IU games and tailgates and I have to disagree - IU doesn't even win tailgating. Not WINNING.
Get some linemen to protect your investment. A 5 Star drop back passer surrounded by 2.5* players is just a big juicy target for defensive ends.
See that glint in Tom Strobel's eye? That's him looking at 2 star linemen.
Does this mean the all the recruiting "experts" will drop his ranking since Indiana isn't a football powerhouse? Good luck in the future except when playing Michigan of course.
Hey Gunner, good luck buddy. Now Rod Smith can turn you into Denard...oh wait, you're a Pro Style QB.
I know but Sam Bradford was at...Oklahoma...with weapons and an OL.
Maybe the plan is to have him redshirt behind his brother for a year after his arrival.......Keep peace in the family plus maybe get him some more players knowing he will be there for 4 years after that....
Or at least 3 years. Likely he and his brother get along pretty well and that will make whatever goes on easier to deal with. Kind of a nice and safe and warm blanket for coming into college football....
Tandon Doss is probably wishing he could have played with kid...
Maybe this will help their attendance. One player is not going to change that football program, but he will be the BMOC. They've had a decent offense for the last few seasons, but we all know what wins games and championships!
I applaud him for not going to any of our rivals!
Shit. At least Indiana is in the Leaders division.
This, and the fact that we got Shane Morris comin in a year later, makes me alright with this. It is gonna be awkward for him and his bro though.
BEAT OHIO...and WISCONSIN.
And sparty... who is their protected crossover game.
The silver lining.
Interesting strategy - will have the reigns and attention of a major program with little worry of 4 and 5 star qbs coming in year after year behind him. If he can be a major agent of improvement for them he will have a great platform for his future. Good for Indiana - they need a little positive stuff every now and then.
New mgoblog post tomorrow morning:
"OT: Gunner Kiel drops to a two star"
I wonder if he'll make people forget Tim Clifford.
He already made me forget Tim cli...no, wait a sec, I never knew who the h*ll Tim Clifford was in the first place.
Under Lee Corso, he led Indiana to its first bowl game victory in the Holiday Bowl that year.
The UM diehard and, also, jerk inside me wants to say something extra sarcastic along the lines of 'hey, sounds like a real fighter,' etc.
But the less-jerky part of me realizes this is a young man with the biggest possible decision he'll ever make on his hands, and wanting above all else to find a place to call home. Must have been a gut-wrenching decision, especially when the final choice turns out to be Indiana. Football.
But if that's where he feels comfortable, good for him and I wish him luck. Except when we play him.
..down the drain.
If there has ever been one football recruit who could singlehandedly change the direction a program, this guy at Indiana would be it.
I prefer him going to Indiana over Alabama.
Personally, I'd rather he commit to Alabama. We play Indiana again in a few years and, who knows, Kiel might be good enough to actually give them a chance to beat UM...not a very good chance, but a chance.
I'd rather have him end up at Indiana than, say, Notre Dame. Indiana could use a break anyway.
This rocks. Great for Indiana. If not Michigan, I would rather him be at Indiana.
Wouldn't it be grand if OSU/Penn State/ Wisconsin had to fear Indiana? This may start something there in my opinion.
Did we just see a recruiting voilation happen? Im stunned, I didnt think he'd go here, but I never thought he would go to Indiana.
There's a lot of reasons he'd go to Indiana. Close to home, family on the team, shot at early playing time, new coach who was a kickass OC, etc.
Weird to see a 5* QB go to Indiana but not as big a surprise in this case as some might think.
Best tweet yet by EDSBS:
Gunner Kiel laughs. Takes off rubber mask. Is Tate Forcier. "San Jose State? SIIIIIIIKE." #QBFORCE
When in history has the #1 recruit in the nation - a quarterback to boot - committed to play at a program the likes of Indiana? This has got to be the "get" of a lifetime for IU's coach and the program in general. I knew kids that chose smaller-name schools because they felt that they would shine there but geez! Well, I guess he's chosen a place where he'll almost definitely be a starter and quickly. Something to be said for that, I guess. And Bloomington is a great campus. But still . . .
Heaps to BYU happened last year..
Yeah, but BYU has a pretty rich tradition of great QBs.
That, and I wouldn't put BYU in the same group as IU (although I would love to do so). BYU is definitely a tier above IU, in my opinion, if only because they are fairly regular bowl invitees.
gunner isnt the overall #1 recruit in the country. just the #1 overall qb.
Tim Couch at Kentucky maybe. That was back before rivals, scout, & co, but he would be a 5* guy today probably.
I don't think it'll change much in how IU football is perceived or what it achieves but it'll atleast be good for the program getting more attention then normal, if Gunner pans out as a top player. Even if he does become a great player he'll still be guarded by a terrible Oline and tossing to MAC level wideouts.
WTF? I mean I get the whole hometown discount aspect but its....Indiana?!?!
Hope it works out for him minus any games vs Mich.
Wow, I give this kid a ton of props for following his heart. Everyone loves to root for the underdog, but they hardly ever win. Today, Indiana beats out Oklahoma, Alabama, and Michigan (among others). Congrats to Indiana, and Kiel has all my respect for his moxie.
I'm fine with this. Losing him to Indiana is not a big deal.
So I see that UM plays Indiana in 2013 and 2014 (Kiel's sophmore and junior, or RS freshman and RS sophmore years). Does anyone know the big ten's scheduling system and how it applies to cross division games? That is, would we still play Indiana the next two years, or would they rotate off of our schedule? Because, even though I think we would still beat them, I don't like the idea of playing Kiel for 4 straight years.
Fortunately, we'll be playing Indiana not Kiel. We were able to beat them even during the RR era. Their current recruiting haul includes (with Kiel) all 3-star, 2-star, and unranked guys (per Scout and Rivals)
I am so literally not scared of Indiana it's funny. You remember that we beat IU with the two worst defenses in UM history right? By then Hoke will have the team winning Big Ten Championships and we'll be fine
I believe it's two years on, two years off.