Kiel to transfer out of Notre Dame

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The Gunner Kiel era at Notre Dame is reportedly coming to an end.

According to Irish Sports Daily, the highly touted Class of 2012 product intends to transfer after enrolling in classes at South Bend last year following an early graduation from Columbus East High School (Columbus, IN).

The 6-4, 210-pounder was the Fighting Irish’s scout team quarterback last year while Everett Golson started and Tommy Rees came 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 and has four years of eligibility remaining. Because of his strong arm and prep accolades, he will be highly sought now that he is transferring. Previously, he was committed to Indiana and LSU.

Kiel likely is leaving South Bend because Golson has a strong handle on the starting quarterback job after helping the Irish to a 12-0 regular-season record and a trip to the BCS national championship game. With Kiel on the way out, Rees, Hendrix and freshman Malik Zaire (who enrolled in January) will get reps behind Golson.

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