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.