Gunner Kiel visits Cincinnati

When Gunner Kiel elected last month to transfer from Notre Dame, there was wide speculation that a number of Mid-American Conference programs could be possible destinations for the former four-star quarterback prospect. But Kiel spent his holiday weekend near one of Brian Kelly's old stomping grounds.

Kiel was spotted Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium taking in the University of Cincinnati's scrimmage, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen.

The Bearcats had about 25 prospects in town Saturday for junior day, Groeschen notes.

One of the better pro-style quarterbacks coming out of the Class of 2012, Kiel would fit in nicely with new coach Tommy Tuberville's offense should he elect to transfer there.

It is unknown what other schools Kiel is looking at.

Kelly said March 19 that it was his understanding that Kiel would finish his spring semester at Notre Dame -- though not with the football program -- to maintain his eligibility.

Kiel will have to sit out next season regardless, meaning he will go two full seasons without any game action, this after redshirting this past fall at Notre Dame.

Kelly had said that Kiel made an extensive list of regional and national programs as potential destinations, with the Irish giving him fair leeway about where he could go.

"I don't think it was a restriction as much as we had an open conversation about the schools," Kelly said March 19. "Again, 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."