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Top recruit Gunner Kiel softens on Indiana, re-opens recruitment

One of the top high school recruits for the 2012 class, quarterback Gunner Kiel, surprised many when he gave his verbal commitment to Indiana back in July. The Columbus, IN, prospect is the top-rated QB according to and initially chose the Hoosiers over powerhouse programs Alabama and Oklahoma, with the latter school being the old stomping grounds of current IU coach Kevin Wilson.

According to Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 ($), though, Kiel has softened on his verbal with Indiana and has re-opened his recruitment. Kiel’s brother, Dusty Kiel, is a quarterback for the Hoosiers. IU is off to a very disappointing, although not unexpected, 1-6 start to this season.

“I’m just reevaluating my decision and plan on taking some future visits to other colleges,” Kiel told 247Sports.

Kiel, along with former USC verbal commitment Arik Armstead, will reportedly be in attendance this Saturday when Notre Dame hosts USC. This is a big chance for Irish coach Brian Kelly to make a great impression with two top recruits in South Bend at the same time.