USC, Georgia, UCF in running for Mililani’s Gabriel

Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel scored on a short touchdown run against Saint Louis in the 2018 Open Division state title game at Aloha Stadium. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

A simple life is one Dillon Gabriel appreciates.

More so in times like these. The Mililani senior quarterback visited Georgia over the weekend. He also has an offer from UCF, where former Mililani standout McKenzie Milton had a perfect 22-0 record as a starting QB before suffering a leg injury two weeks ago.

Today, Gabriel will possibly meet up with USC head coach Clay Helton and new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Gabriel has seen his share of what Kingsbury developed at Texas Tech.

“They run a lot of empty (sets). Arrows are their run,” Gabriel said. “They throw the ball about 50 times a game.”

Gabriel hasn’t said much at all about his future, other than a de-commitment from Army during the prep season. There are other offers, but Georgia, UCF and USC are his top three.

“I’ve been low-key with that kind of stuff. I posted the Georgia offer only because they asked me to,” Gabriel said.

The bridge between the SEC and Hawaii has become more travelled in recent seasons thanks to Tua Tagovailoa (Saint Louis to Alabama) and Jordan Ta‘amu (Pearl City to New Mexico Military Institute to Ole Miss). Gabriel’s ability to adapt to Mililani coach Rod York‘s hybrid system, a blend of run-and-shoot and RPO concepts, makes him an intriguing prospect for recruiters.

Gabriel threw for 3,747 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior to end his prep career with a Hawaii prep record of 9,848 yards and 105 TD’s.

Helton and Kingsbury visited with Punahou coach Kale Ane earlier today. In addition to a commit from Punahou LB Maninoa Tufono and Saint Louis defensive lineman Gino Quinones, the Trojans are in the running for Kahuku OL Enokk Vimahi. Kaimuki OL/DL Sama Paama turned down a USC offer to commit to Washington, and Punahou safety Marist Liufau opted for Notre Dame over USC.

The Trojans have offers to several class of ’20 prospects, including LBs Jordan Botelho and Nick Herbig of Saint Louis, Punahou DB Alaka‘i Gilman, and St. Francis OL Faaope Laloulu. The offers to Botelho and Herbig were extended a week ago.


  1. Hmmm? December 10, 2018 5:49 pm

    No wonder Dillon decommitted from Army…

  2. Jay December 11, 2018 4:37 am

    UCF!! Huepel is a much better offensive mind than any of these guys. Also Florida is similar to Hawaii and the campus is beautiful. Best of luck to this young man.

  3. EDMUND KAMINAKA December 11, 2018 4:38 am

    what an awesome team hawaii would have should our local boys remain at home

  4. ??? December 11, 2018 8:45 am

    Watching Dillon through high school and the way he plays QB, I think his future looks best with Central Florida; their offense is very similar to Mililani’s.
    IMHO he is not a pure pocket passer like Georgia & USC uses.
    All three schools have good Freshmen QB’s that played this year so he needs to prepare to battle.
    Good luck to him on whichever college he chooses..

  5. Michael Freitas December 11, 2018 11:24 am

    Central Florida is the right fix for Dillon I think but were ever he decide good luck hawaii is rooting for you all the way

  6. Charles Amai December 11, 2018 3:44 pm

    Awesome! Surprised Nebraska isnt on that list…Frost has HUGE Hawaii ties as a player and coach.

  7. KalihiFB December 11, 2018 4:12 pm

    Central Florida would be best for Dillon. The offensive would fit him well and Milton paved the way for Hawaii QB in that school. Whatever colleges get him, I hope Dillon gets that chance show his talent quickly and not wait to be called off the bench. Now that Hawaii QBs are making headlines in the NCAA, I am sure Dillon has a better chance. Good luck!

  8. Winson December 17, 2018 3:54 pm

    UCF seems like the best fit. They’re in the Eastern time zone, which is much better for visibility than USC. Heupel is definitely the best offensive mind and QB developer of the 3 coaches. And Mrs. Milton is already in Orlando for that HI support. Either way, Dillon is an impressive young man and I wish him the best.

  9. Jason keuma January 24, 2019 11:18 pm

    Curious that Georgia asked him
    To post their offer, possibly to motivate another recruit? Or to get their name out there. Maybe so the Ohio state transfer QB know they have another qb coming in to replace him? I’m sure there is a reason. Either way, they used him for their purpose.

  10. Jason keuma January 24, 2019 11:19 pm

    Either way. I wish him the best. I cheared against him in high school, I’ll cheat for him once he leaves high school.

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