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Hoosier Headlines for July 28, 2011: Gunner Kiel commitment news.

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Today begins the Big Ten media circus in Chicago, but for now, the news is all Gunner, all the time:

Gunner Kiel Commits To Indiana, Giving Kevin Wilson Blue-Chip Quarterback Recruit -
Gunner Kiel is one of the nation's best quarterbacks in the high school Class of 2012. So it's a bit of a surprise that he has committed to play his college football at Indiana, not known as a powerhouse in any way, shape, or form.

Top-ranked QB prospect Gunner Kiel chooses IU | The Indianapolis Star |
The commitment is considered a major victory for first-year IU coach Kevin Wilson, whose track record of grooming quarterbacks at Oklahoma, including No. 1 draft pick Sam Bradford to the St. Louis Rams, played a role in Kiel's decision.

Nation’s top 2012 QB opts for… Indiana? | CollegeFootballTalk
Talk about your hometown discount. Gunner Kiel is the nation’s top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2012 according to, and has been offered a scholarship by such programs as Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC and Wisconsin. The Columbus, IN, product, however, has decided to stay in-state, and thus given head coach Kevin Wilson his biggest verbal commitment by far since he took over the Indiana program last December.

Gunner Kiel chooses Indiana -
The Kevin Wilson era at Indiana is off to a wonderful start as it appears that the Hoosiers may have pulled off the biggest recruiting upset in school history.

Landing Gunner Kiel makes all things possible for IU | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN national football recruiting analyst Mike Farrell called it the biggest recruiting upset in more than a decade. "I can’t remember a top quarterback of this caliber committing to a program like Indiana that has been on the bottom of the Big Ten for many years," Farrell said.

Indiana football: IU pulls upset, lands Kiel -
Yes, it's true. Indiana, a program with just 17 Big Ten Conference wins in the last decade, secured a commitment from Columbus East's Gunner Kiel, ranked across the board as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country by national scouting services.

Top-ranked QB Kiel is coup for Indiana " Knoxville News Sentinel
Columbus (Ind.) East High School quarterback Gunner Kiel woke up on Wednesday morning and potentially changed the future of Indiana football. The nation's top-ranked passer said he would commit to coach Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers on an afternoon visit to the nearby Bloomington campus.

Nation's top high school quarterback Gunner Kiel commits to IU | Sports | Indiana Daily Student
He is the highest rated quarterback and highest rated recruit overall to commit to IU since began compiling recruiting rankings in 2002.

Brazil Times: Blog: Does Kiel's commitment make IU football relevant?
Several years down the road, July 27, 2011 might just be the day that IU football started to become relevant. For on that day, the quarterback that most recruiting analysts regard as the best in the nation, spurned nearly every top football program in the nation to become a Hoosier.

High school coach says Kiel will be a ‘sponge’ at next level | IU Insider blog | The Indianapolis Star |
"I’ve had a lot of ask and I’m not surprised. They were in the hunt all along. They did a nice job recruiting him and even though we didn’t talk about recruiting all the time, I always got the impression he was very comfortable there. His brother (Dusty) is there and I think he wanted to be part of that turnaround."

Five-Star quarterback Gunner Kiel to Indiana | Rick Bozich
Word out of Bloomington is that new Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson has secured the Hoosiers’ biggest football commitment since face masks were created:

Indiana lands top QB prospect Gunner Kiel - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Brace yourself for the following bit of news: Gunner Kiel, one of the top recruits in the country and the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the Class of 2012 according to, has reportedly committed to Indiana over suitors like Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.