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Former Notre Dame QB Gunner Kiel transfers to Cincinnati

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Former Notre Dame quarterback and five-star recruit Gunner Kiel has found a new home – Cincinnati.

Kiel, who recently visited Cincinnati, also had looked at Ball State, Miami-Ohio and was considering Mississippi, Mississippi State and Kansas State.

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Kiel left Notre Dame after failing to play this past season. Even though coach Brian Kelly told Kiel he’d have an opportunity to compete for the starting role this spring, Kiel decided a change of environment was in his best interest.

"Cincinnati was the best fit for me because the relationship I have with [quarterbacks] coach [Darin] Hinshaw is like nothing else. He is a great overall person and is someone I know I can get coached by," Kiel told ESPN. "The group of guys I'm going to be around is second to none. I love where they are heading and the future is bright."

This is a big recruiting coup for new Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, who is trying to transition the Bearcats to a more pro-style offense. Kiel will have to sit out the 2013 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining. That works out perfectly considering the Bearcats have two senior quarterbacks in Munchie Legaux and Brendon Kay.

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