According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel is set to take a visit to Oregon this week after entering the transfer portal on Monday. Thamel also went on to say that Oregon has “jumped out ahead as the favorite to land Gabriel’s services.”
Gabriel was a two-year starter for the Sooners and amassed 6,828 passing yards and 73 total touchdowns during his time in Norman. In 2023, Gabriel had the most productive season of his career with 4,033 total yards and 42 touchdowns (30 passing, 12 rushing), being named as the first-team All-Big 12 quarterback as a result.
When offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby took the head coaching job at Mississippi State, it was widely assumed that Gabriel would either hit the transfer portal or test the waters of the 2024 NFL Draft after such a successful statistical season with the Sooners.
However, landing with the Oregon Ducks isn’t something that many folks in Norman had considered, but with Gabriel’s proven track record and success in 2023, it’s not surprising whatsoever that a program set to lose Heisman contender Bo Nix would belly-up to the table and push a hefty NIL deal toward an all-star quarterback with one year of eligibility remaining.
After serving as their starter for each of the past two seasons, and helping OU get to 10-2 in 2023, Gabriel is beloved by the folks around the program in Norman, but the excitement for his successor makes his departure a little easier to handle. Gabriel’s exit marks the beginning of the Jackson Arnold era, which has Sooner Nation all kinds of fired up.
A five-star freshman and the 2022 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, Arnold has all the skills and intangibles to be the next Heisman-winning quarterback to lead the Sooners’ ever-prolific offense. With No. 8 in the portal, No. 10 will get his first-ever collegiate start against Arizona in the 2023 Alamo Bowl against Arizona.