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March 7, 2013

Kiel plans to transfer

Gunner Kiel met with the Notre Dame coaching staff today to ask for his release and will be making his exit from Notre Dame just over one year after arriving on campus.

After spending last season as a scout team quarterback the former five-star prospect from Columbus, Ind., plans to transfer, a source tells Irish Illustrated. Kiel enrolled at Notre Dame last winter after graduating from high school a semester early.

A former five-star prospect, Kiel made multiple verbal commitments during the recruiting process before landing in South Bend.

Indiana first landed Kiel, the nephew of former Irish quarterback Blair Kiel, before he switched to LSU. Kiel then balked at enrolling early at LSU in favor of heading to Notre Dame to play for head coach Brian Kelly.

Kiel spent last season as part of a position group that included starter Everett Golson, a sophomore, veteran backup Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix.

Freshman Malik Zaire also enrolled for the second semester and will take part in spring practice.

Possible landing spots could include Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and Cincinnati.

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