College football: Former ND quarterback Gunner Kiel appears headed to Cincy
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org/@lamondpope April 10, 2013 9:28PM
Updated: May 12, 2013 2:21PM
Two members of Notre Dame’s Class of 2012 have reportedly found new schools.
Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel will transfer to Cincinnati, ESPN reported Wednesday. Former Irish wide receiver Davonte’ Neal will transfer to Arizona, Blue and Gold Illustrated reported.
Both came to Notre Dame as top recruits. And news broke about their intentions to transfer within a little more than a week of one of another.
Kiel, a five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, originally made an oral commitment to Indiana and then switched to LSU before landing at Notre Dame. He did not see any action in 2012 for the Irish.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly confirmed Kiel’s decision to leave the program on March 19.
“I think the schools that he was looking at were in line with the schools that I thought were appropriate relative to who was on our schedule,” Kelly said at the time when asked if there were any restrictions for Kiel’s next school.
“… There were a number of nationally regarded programs across the board. There were too many for me to even get into. Some regionally, some national, but a pretty long list. We gave him pretty good leeway to find the right resting place.”
Kiel reportedly also visited Ball State and Miami (Ohio) before deciding on Cincinnati.
Kelly confirmed Neal was no longer with Notre Dame on March 27.
Neal, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was rated No. 17 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals.com for the Class of 2012. He returned 21 punts for 46 yards as a freshman for Notre Dame in 2012. He had one catch for minus-5 yards.