UCLA transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel flips commitment, decides instead on Oklahoma
No one does drama quite like Los Angeles.
Lincoln Riley’s move from Oklahoma to USC, among other things, tossed uncertainty on the future of Caleb Williams, the Sooners’ star quarterback. Would Williams follow Riley from Norman to LA? That was the question on the minds of everyone. On Monday, Williams officially entered the transfer portal—though he left the door open to a possible OU return—and the dominos have started to fall in the wake of that decision. Oklahoma wasted no time finding Williams’ replacement, and it went to Westwood to get him.
Dillon Gabriel, a verbal pledge to UCLA after deciding to transfer from Central Florida this winter, announced he’s instead headed to OU.
They say life’s a gamble like rolling the dice… DIMETIME pic.twitter.com/8xGNDWjaR3
— Dillon Gabriel (@_dillongabriel_) January 4, 2022
In Norman, Gabriel will be reunited with his former offensive coordinator at UCF, Jeff Lebby, now the OC under new head coach Brett Venables.
According to 247Sports, Gabriel was expected to attend Zoom classes and a team activity on UCLA’s campus Monday, the first day of classes, but never showed.
The Bruins had two quarterbacks enter the transfer portal after the season ended. Meanwhile, four-year starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has not publicly announced whether he will take advantage of his remaining college eligibility or declare for the NFL Draft. If Thompson-Robinson doesn’t return, UCLA could look back to the portal.