Mililani’s Gabriel opens up recruitment

Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel has thrown for more than 9,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in his prep career. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Mililani senior Dillon Gabriel is back on the market.

The 6-foot dual-threat quarterback announced on social media Sunday that he has decommitted from Army and will open up his recruitment with the first signing period just a month away.

Gabriel initially committed to Army in June over offers from Air Force, Navy and Hawaii.

Gabriel is Hawaii’s career passing record holder with 9,470 yards. He recently became just the second quarterback to throw 100 career touchdown passes and now has 104 — nine behind the record holder, Timmy Chang.

He also holds the career records in completions (711) and attempts (1,209) and has at least one more game to improve on those totals.

The Trojans face Campbell in the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships in the Open Division on Friday at Aloha Stadium. A win would earn Gabriel’s second trip to a state final after he led the Trojans to the Division I state championship in 2016 as a sophomore.


  1. CTS November 11, 2018 2:01 pm


  2. STL4LIFE November 11, 2018 4:07 pm

    Mind you he’s been playing vars since his freshman year. At Louis only allows sophomores to play vars. If that were the case tua would be the top qb to ever come out of Hawaii. Just saying

  3. Eric November 11, 2018 4:11 pm

    Was wondering when he was going to do it. With all the accolades local qbs getting on the next level this kid is right there too. To limit his abilities in that Black Knights offense would have been a waste. Dont be surprised if Scott Frost comes a knockin.

  4. Aaron November 11, 2018 7:46 pm

    Who is writing these articles? Know your facts bro!!! Gabriel has never made it to the state championship game before!!! In 2016 St. Louis and Kahuku played for the state title….do your homework before you write Billy Hull!

  5. Billy Hull November 11, 2018 8:04 pm

    Hey Aaron, here’s a little refresher for you:

    Thanks for reading!

  6. notes November 11, 2018 9:31 pm

    I told you guys winning does miracles, he decommited because now that they are riding high into the playoffs he will get looks and offered by a big conference school.

    Im glad he didnt have to jump on Cal Lees allstar recruiting bandwagon, nope he did it in the OIA with mostly average skilled millilani district kids.

    @stl4life – Like many STL kids, Tua grad as a 19yr old. so you say the ILH cant play freshmen but those sophmores are really juniors. Imagine if kahukus 2015 defense that stopped tua his junior year to win the title were held back like tua and played tua again in 2016? They didnt return and STL won in 2016.

  7. Facts... November 11, 2018 9:52 pm

    Dylan’s numbers surpassed everyone because he had 4 years where most quarterbacks only had 2. What is his stats for just his junior and senior year? I bet it’s no where near everyone else. They should rate everyone based on yards vs years playing varsity.

  8. Aaron November 11, 2018 10:06 pm

    Hey Billy Hull…sorry that game didn’t even count for me. No one remembers that. I’m talking about him ever being in an actual state championship game. That was not an actual state championship game. That was like a consolation game. And dude you’re so lame for attaching that video. You could’ve told me in words man. What you gonna reply? For everything you say I got something for you. Come at me. Let’s see it.

  9. Aaron November 11, 2018 10:07 pm

    Let’s see it Billy Hull. Where u at? What u gonna say?

  10. G November 11, 2018 10:20 pm

    Just ask what year they were born, that’s the truth. ILH kids who are late born get held back and play. It’s been that way for years.

    Now I see public school parents doing the same, when their kids are in intermediate/middle school.

    Bottom line, birth year tells you everything.

    I’m not for or against it.
    It is what it is.

    All I know is we’re all from this rock and should be proud of all our Island Athletes representing our Island State here, and abroad.💪

    Stay Blessed ppl😇

  11. 808 Sports fan November 11, 2018 10:58 pm

    Hey Notes why all the hate for St Louis, what’s the excuses for kahuku this year, even your top rated Quarterback left for a better stable team.
    Get a life and just be proud of all the local kids that rep the 808.

  12. 808 Fan November 11, 2018 11:18 pm

    Hey notes why so much hate for St Louis. What’s all the excuses for Kahuku this year. The quarterback wouldn’t even stay with all the drama at that school.
    Get a life and just be proud of all the local talent that rep the 808.

  13. DAMN AARON November 12, 2018 12:09 am

    chill out dogg

  14. notes November 12, 2018 12:25 am

    I agree that Hawaii kids need to take advantage of every opportunity, even being held back, the mainland teams been doing it for decades. Problem is on the Hawaii high school sports level, its not an even playing field between OIA and ILH when the ILH have the resources to explore all advantages consistently every year.

    An OIA parent that has the foresight to hold the kid back in kindergarden will mostlikely be the type that send the kid to the ILH after 8th grade. An OIA kid thats not held back but developes into a stud in 7th grade may be guided/recruited into the ILH and then suggested to be held back in the 8th grade.

    My point is, majority of kids taking advantage of being held back are playing in the ILH.

    Keep the leagues seperate. OIA1 vs. ILH1 prep bowl end of story.

  15. dafun November 12, 2018 1:11 am

    I’d definitely love to see the proof of all this recruiting. As a former St. Louis player from a little more than 10 years ago, we didn’t have any. Absolutely none. No proof=stop talking about it. Now on the subject of Gabriel, he player ALL 4 YEARS. Going back to Tua, he only played 2 real years. If he played all 4 he would of been the top QB with the best stats. Even Timmy Chang only played 2 years if he’s even lucky. We can’t be giving QB’s who just made the best stats over winning championships a pedestal over those who are winning and not having the best stats but doing what it takes to win.

  16. Dafun November 12, 2018 2:39 am

    @aaron I agree with you that was not an OPEN state championship. That doesn’t even compare. D1 is below open. If they had played st Louis that year it would of been an easy win. It’s cool to hype up Hawaii qb’s but look what punahou did to them this year. The OIA is actually weak this year since Kahuku has been going downhill. Definitely wasnt a stat filled game for mililani against punahou because they were an actual top team this year.

  17. Kamehameha #! November 12, 2018 6:03 am

    You people need to be more specific when you talk about kids being held back!
    Just say Punahou and St. Louis to be clear! Kamehameha don’t do that so when you say ILH it’s not all ILH schools so you better get your facts straight.

  18. TrojansFan4Life November 12, 2018 8:33 am

    Sad to see so many haters! The young man just wants to do whats best for his future and as for records…it is what it is! 2 or 4 years, its still in the record books. State titles are State titles!

    Good luck Dillon, The Trojans family are always behind you! Good luck and God Bless. Only you know whats best for you, not the haters.

  19. Mike November 12, 2018 9:40 am

    Congrats Dillon on being a player that has schools willing to recruit you. Hopefully when you grow up you won’t be crying and whining about if the ILH cheats or if Mililani recruits or what if you started playing varsity in 7th grade and how your stats would of been 🙂

  20. Dafun November 12, 2018 10:35 am

    Lol @mike

  21. Save Our Schools November 12, 2018 11:33 am

    Dillon was at Punahou, then went to Mililani, don’t know if he was born in 2000 or 2001, but who cares, all of this was in press before…I think he going UH, like his pops, he get chance to play right away…

  22. HI HS FAN November 12, 2018 11:51 am

    Good for him. I see him being heavily recruited by PAC-12 teams. Probably at the top of the list are Oregon State, Oregon, Utah, California, Washington, and Washington State. Nebraska could be a possibility because of their coach who had Milton at UCF.

  23. ??? November 12, 2018 12:20 pm

    It’s his choice to de-commit !!
    But to tell the ARMY you’re De-Committing on their team on
    “VETERANS DAY” is a slap in the Face..

    We all should Love our Country and the Men/Women that protect it !!

  24. Opinion November 12, 2018 6:36 pm

    It’s an ILH rule not allowing freshman to play varsity. Not a St. Louis rule.

  25. Falcon Future November 13, 2018 10:45 am

    @??? you bring up a great point. This is a disrespectful move in many ways.

    He could have announced this earlier or later. This also means he was actively listening to the poachers who came a calling AFTER he gave his commitment to Army.

  26. LOVE November 13, 2018 10:53 am

    everyone bringing up ILH, ages, and tua … who cares about all that man. just be happy for the kid and what he accomplished. CONGRATS DILLON !

  27. Washappenin November 13, 2018 12:19 pm

    Opinion – Also noted that rule is gone now freshman can play since last year.

    Kids – Please don’t accept scholarships; make a commitment; but still look around. Its like being married. Your done, your off the market. Leave it alone. You don’t say I DO only until a big time program comes knocking.

    What kid lost out on an opportunity to be recruited by Army because you already accepted that spot on their team. Now, its late in the game for them to scramble and a player they may have picked up is now gone elsewhere.

    Shibai, you shouldnt have committed if you werent… you know… committed.

  28. Izzz statue!!! November 13, 2018 1:02 pm

    Reply to Eric #3
    That would be a great fit if Dillion gets a scholarship from Nebraska. Here’s my opinion i like what kenzie done at UCF. He has some great skill players to pass and hand the ball off too. I think Gabriel has a stronger arm than Milton had when he was a senior in hs.

  29. Onlyfacts November 13, 2018 1:29 pm

    Fact is the millilani Quaterback only played three games as a freshmen, just imagine if he played the whole season as a freshmen, that’s scary, I seen this kid play on tv and he’s pretty talented and also has a big arm, good luck to the kid.

  30. Rebel November 13, 2018 3:03 pm

    Don’t worry about Army or any other college, it’s a business, they put pressure on HS students too. Lot of kids change their mind, 17 or 18 year olds are allowed to do that, nothing is guaranteed till they sign on LOI day. A verbal is just a promise, all colleges recruit until signing day, again it’s a business…

  31. Opinion November 13, 2018 7:55 pm


    I was referring to the reason Tua didn’t play as a freshman. Rule change last year did nothing for him his freshman year

  32. Kimo November 14, 2018 9:46 am

    Lets hope there are no Campbell alumni referees. Last time they played there were 3 Campbell graduates on the referee crew. All 3 threw 17 flags combine against Mililani, and 1 flag against Campbell. And the 1 came after the game was out of reach. How is that fair for graduates from a school being the referees for the school they graduated from. Don’t believe me???? Then watch and you’ll see. If you don’t know who the Campbell graduates are, by halftime, you will know. They’re the ones throwing flags against Mililani frequently and sadly, without shame or integrity. They do this to slow down Mililani’s tempo and rhythm.

  33. phILHarmonic November 14, 2018 10:45 am

    Just an observation, We sure have come a long way from when our word meant Everything.

    Im pretty sure it went like this, ” Coach, I am committed and am coming to play for your program, thank you for the opportunity”.

    NOT like this,

    “Coach, Im going to commit for now but if another opportunity comes up I may de-commit and go to that school”

    Kinda seems like lying? No?

    I mean what program in their right mind would keep a kid if he tells them the second line? Not a good program at least.

    Maybe, dont commit in the first place?? Or, and heres a novel idea, dont blow it up on IG or twitter??
    Until you know and commit to the one.

    Rationalize/ Justify it how you want, Its all good.

  34. Armyvet November 14, 2018 2:02 pm

    I guess nobody knows what a verbal commitment is , it is what it is, just a verbal commitment plane and simple, I just hope this kid doesn’t read all the garbage you guys post, I’ve served 30 years in the Army and im tired of seeing 22 and 23 olds deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan after coming out of the academy and return in boxes !!!….

  35. phILHarmonic November 15, 2018 8:03 am

    I know what a verbal commitment means to me and my family and many of my friends.

    It is apparent that we share a different perspective on this. I wish you well and thank you for your service.

  36. football4life November 15, 2018 10:48 am

    Congrats, DG3! Pay no mind to the nonsense on this post. You’re a local boy on your way to do great things to represent the state. While I will say everyone is entitled to their opinion…people don’t even know you and they pass judgement…very sad. ANYWAYS…Know this…It is not the majority of how people feel, just some people with nothing better to do than to judge a young man following his dream…PRETTY SAD when you think about it. What matters in the eyes of God (who never sleeps) is He knows your heart. You got a community behind you and your boys. Do great things! GO TROJANS! Get get ‘um boys!

  37. phILHarmonic November 15, 2018 11:54 am

    Just like how you dont know us but passing judgement? Yup, good one.

    Rationalize/Justify away.

    Btw, how the heck you know what the majority feel?? Pretty impressive.

  38. Football4life November 15, 2018 3:55 pm

    God bless you, no rationalizing here…all good vibes for a kid chasing a dream. How awesome is that?! It’s so exciting to watch prep football and see all these kids who have worked so hard get to take it to the next level. Sad that you have nothing positive to say. No judgement. I don’t know anything, BUT, I do know God. Blessings to you…keep it positive.

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