Kiel learned that style of quarterbacking from a young age. His uncle, Blair, was the starting quarterback for Notre Dame from 1980-1983 and had a brief career in the NFL.
It doesn't stop there. Both of his brothers have already started their collegiate careers. Dusty is a quarterback at Indiana, while Drew plays the same position at Illinois State.
“From a very early age, it is all he has seen and all he has known,” Luginbill said. “It has probably been something where he has been able to watch and learn and grasp on to some things that are important and also see some of the pitfalls that can get in the way.”
Now, Kiel projects as the best prospect of his family. Part of that is talent. Part of that is experience. And part of that can be attributed to his high school system.
At Columbus East, Kiel runs a diverse offense. Sometimes, he is under center running a pro-style attack. Sometimes, he is in the shotgun running a spread-type look.
That's why his offer sheet looks more like a weekend shopping list for a family of eight.
“He can play in any system,” Luginbill said. “You see some guys who have to be in a spread look or they have to run a West Coast scheme. I think with Gunner, you could throw him into any scheme and he would thrive.”
But that is not what Sooner fans are wondering. They want to know how he would fit in Bob Stoops' offense.
“Fantastically. I think he would be a perfect fit,” Luginbill said. “They are so multiple in what they do. It's play action and it's under center. Then it's shotgun, move the pocket and move the launchpoint. All things that he does very well.”