Former UCF QB Dillon Gabriel reverses UCLA course and will be transferred to Oklahoma football program

Quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced Monday he was transferring to Oklahoma, just 18 days after announcing his intention to move to UCLA.

Gabriel entered the transfer portal on November 27, leaving UCF after three years with the program. Just over two weeks after entering the transfer portal, Gabriel made public his intention to transfer to UCLA.

However, Transfers don’t sign any documents that bind them to the school of their choice, and since Gabriel hasn’t enrolled in UCLA, he can change his decision. Because of this he is now heading to Oklahoma.

UCLA still has Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the roster, starting him last season, along with Ethan Garbers, Chase Griffin and Parker McQuarrie.

Gabriel started in 12 games as a rookie for UCF in 2019 and then started all 10 games in 2020, finishing with 3,570 yards, 32 touchdowns and four interceptions.

A left collarbone fracture suffered against Louisville on September 17 caused him to miss nine games last season. In three games, Gabriel threw for 814 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

His decision to transfer to Oklahoma came the same day Sooners first-year quarterback Caleb Williams entered the transfer portal. Williams said he plans to explore all of his options, and one of them includes returning to Oklahoma.

New Sooners coach Brent Venables has seen Spencer Rattler transfer before, and now he could see Williams on his way to the start as well.

Gabriel adds a proven talent to the Oklahoma roster and also reunites Gabriel with new offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby.

Lebby was the quarterbacks coach and then the offensive coordinator at UCF from 2018-19, so the two have already gotten to grips with it.

Venables has now added Gabriel and ESPN 300 quarterback Nick Evers, the No. 134 rookie overall in the 2022 class, since joining the OU program as a coach.

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