Gabriel commitment a big deal in West Point

WEST POINT, N. Y. >> With the growing notice of Hawaii as a producer of quarterbacks, the commitment of Mililani High’s Dillon Gabriel to Army has received considerable coverage here.

Under NCAA rules, Army coaches are not permitted to comment on prospective recruits until they are signed to binding commitments in the national letter of intent periods.

The U.S. Military Academy’s policy is not to release the names of incoming freshmen recruits until Reception Day in the summer when they arrive at the academy.

But Gabriel announced his commitment via Twitter in June and the Middletown (N.Y.) Times-Herald Record has run several items on Gabriel.

The paper noted Gabriel’s pursuit of Tua Tagovailoa’s Hawaii career passing record of 8,158 yards, as well as Gabriel being the successor to Central Florida star McKenzie Milton at Mililani.

Gabriel enters Saturday’s game against Campbell 690 passing yards away from tying Tagovailoa’s record. He only needs 170 yards to pass Tai-John Mizutani and Andrew Manley for third place behind Tagovailoa and Timmy Chang.

Gabriel is the son of Garrett Gabriel, who quarterbacked the University of Hawaii to its first NCAA bowl appearance in 1989 and ended the so-called “BYU jinx” of a decade of defeats by the Cougars.

Current Army head coach Jeff Monken was a graduate assistant on that coaching staff.


  1. 88 September 14, 2018 4:31 pm

    Too bad Big schools can’t look pass the height and size of a player. This kid should be getting more offers.

  2. Coach C September 14, 2018 4:35 pm

    Good Luck to Gabriel. Army will have to build around him and drop the triple option offense.

  3. Notes September 14, 2018 5:30 pm

    He should be in the SEC or Pac12.

  4. Jeezy33 September 14, 2018 7:38 pm

    2. Monkin is a good coach. I think he’ll drop the traditional triple option but option is apart of the identity and think they’ll still run a version of it like at New Mexico. I think they’ll run it out of shotgun and allow Gabriel to air it out some. Lot of it has to do with the type of linemen they can recruit.

  5. Trustno1 September 14, 2018 7:42 pm

    Boise St. would be a good fit for Gabriel! He reminds me of Kellen Moore. Not the biggest QB and not the strongest arm but he has enough to play at that level and lead a program like Boise st. Good luck with the rest of the season and good luck at Army kid. 808vsEverbody!

  6. Jeezy33 September 14, 2018 9:04 pm

    5. I don’t think he’d be suited to play at Boise. Much more pro style now and he’s a better thrower on the run vs in pocket. Not the strongest arm either. Lot of his underthrown balls he gets away with in high school because his guys are open wouldn’t work at the next level. But he’s really smart and would thrive being able to use his legs and hit intermediate throws set up by the run at army.

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