Kiel, Carlisle top Notre Dame's class


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Quarterback Gunner Kiel, who's already enrolled in classes, heads Notre Dame's 2012 recruiting class of 16 freshmen and a high-profile transfer -- running back Amir Carlisle, who left Southern Cal to join the Irish.

Kiel, from Columbus, Ind., initially committed to Indiana, then to LSU and changed his mind again and decided to go to Notre Dame. He will compete with Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson to run coach Brian Kelly's spread offense.

Kelly said the most important issue is that Kiel is happy and in the right place.

The Irish lost a top recruit Wednesday when Deontay Greenberry, a star receiver from California, changed his mind and decided to sign with Houston.