Nation's top-ranked HS quarterback turns down Sooners

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm •  Published: July 27, 2011
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After months of speculation, Gunner Kiel, the nation's top high school quarterback, has committed to Indiana, according to multiple reports.

He chose the Hoosiers, who went 5-7 last season, over Oklahoma, Missouri and Alabama, among others.

Although not a national power, Indiana was always considered a leading candidate for the top quarterback because of its close proximity, Kiel lives in nearby Columbus, Ind., and his family ties, Kiel's brother plays for the Hoosiers.

The Kiel commitment is a huge step for a struggling Indiana program and a significant moment for former OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who just took over the IU program.

Wilson’s history of developing quarterbacks, including Sam Bradford, is something Kiel’s father, Kip, said played a role in the 6-foot-4, 220 pound signal caller’s decision.

“That was a huge part of it,” Kiel told the Indianapolis Star. “Not just Bradford, but several quarterbacks. He’s done a tremendous job developing quarterbacks.”

For the Sooners, it is a small disappointment, but one eased by the recent commitment of four-star quarterback Trevor Knight.