Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced Monday that he intends to enter the transfer portal ahead of the 2024 season. Gabriel began his career at UCF before transferring to Oklahoma in 2022 to join new head coach Brent Venables. Among rumors that he would need to fight for his job in 2024, this move makes sense for Gabriel, who has just one remaining year of eligibility.
Gabriel finished the 2023 season with a 10-2 record and a win over Texas. He passed for over 3,600 yards, and added 30 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns to six interceptions. Here are some potential landing spots for Gabriel.
The Buckeyes are losing Kyle McCord to the transfer portal this offseason. They will also lose their top running back and wide receiver to the NFL Draft, and will likely be perusing the portal for a good option to lead their offense in 2024. Gabriel would be a great fit here after his success at Oklahoma this season, and it would not be a shock if Ryan Day goes after Gabriel as he fights for his job (and a win against Michigan).
The Bruins lost Dante Moore to the portal this season, and Gabriel would be a good fit for this team. UCLA will join the Big Ten this season, so lots of changes are coming to their program, but as long as they’re still running a Pac-12 style, pass-heavy offense, Gabriel would be able to make the team competitive for a postseason bid.
With the Ducks losing Bo Nix to the transfer portal, they’ll be looking for someone similar — a versatile QB who isn’t afraid to use his legs and who can come near Nix’s 4,000 passing yards this season. Gabriel is one of the best options currently available in the portal to fit this description.
Will the Wolverines be hitting the portal this offseason? JJ McCarthy has not yet announced that he is heading to the NFL Draft, but if he does, Michigan could be hunting for a replacement. Gabriel is one of the more experienced QBs in this draft and could fare well against Big Ten defenses.
Gabriel’s offensive coordinator from Oklahoma, Jeff Lebby, recently accepted the head coaching job at Mississippi State. The QB could be looking to follow him to Starkville for his final year of eligibility.