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Reports: Kiel to leave Notre Dame

Gunner Kiel's time at Notre Dame appears to be over.

The quarterback informed coach Brian Kelly he plans to transfer, according to multiple reports.

Kiel could decide not to leave the Irish and the team would keep the door open for him, according to Irish Sports Daily, which first reported Kiel's decision. Notre Dame did not have a comment on the reports Thursday night.

Kiel enrolled early to Notre Dame last year and competed with Everett Golson, Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix for the starting job.

But after Golson won the starting job and Rees served as the main backup this season, Kiel worked with the scout team. The Irish went 12-0 in the regular season and lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.

The former five-star recruit, who was rated the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com, made multiple commitments during his recruiting process coming out of Columbus East.

Kiel initially committed to Indiana before backing out of that pledge to explore his options. The nephew of former Irish quarterback Blair Kiel was then set to enroll early at LSU before deciding to switch to Notre Dame.

The Irish will start spring practice with four quarterbacks as early-enrollee Malik Zaire will join Golson, Rees and Hendrix during the offseason workouts.

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