REC Gabriel looks to build on rookie campaign (VIDEO)


Playing just five years of football, Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars receiver Riley Gabriel has set his bar high.

Riley Gabriel

Receiver, Athlete

5’10, 175 lbs

Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars (high school: NSSAFFL)
Mites Blue Bombers (Mites)
Minor Freightliners (Minor)


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Riley started football with the Turo mites, where he was named rookie of the year in 2011, Peewee Offensive MVP and Peewee Team MVP in 2012, Bantam Team MVP and Junior Offensive MVP in 2014, and he won Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) this previous fall. On top of this, Gabriel has been ranked 10th overall in Top Prospects Canada session.

At 5’10 and 175 pounds, this grade 10 wide receiver has experience in multiple positions.

By next fall, Gabriel hopes to increase his 40-yard dash time, increase his vertical, work on his press break, and fine tune his route running. As far as team goals, Gabriel hopes to help his team’s moral and increase chemistry among his team. He hopes this will result in a higher seed for his team when they enter playoffs. Riley is going to the gym three to four times a week, playing team Nova Scotia football, and participating in indoor training that includes footwork, weight training, and yoga. He is also regularly working on route running with a quarterback and another receiver.

Last season had a lot of highlight moments for Gabriel.

“Personally I accomplished a lot of what I wanted,” said Gabriel.  “Offensively the coach tried to use me as a main target.”

“I feel I had a very successful first year of high school. Defensively I had two interceptions and 19 tackles in three games so, I feel I made an impact.”

Gabriel has been contacted by St. FX and Acadia about playing football after high school. However, he is hoping to have a chance to play in the USA, but ultimately is looking for the opportunity that suites himself the best. Riley has two more seasons of high school football before he has to make a decision on his next football endeavour. He will be a fun player to watch grow, as he is already playing at such a high caliber.

Riley’s next football competition is at the Canada Cup in Winnipeg on July 9th-15th.

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