By: Matt Rothman
The City of Coral Springs has produced many talented varsity quarterbacks in the last few years — though Coral Glades High School’s Dylan Knaebel is arguably one of the most talented.
The junior recently received his first offer to play college football at Bluefield State College in West Virginia and is expected to continue receiving offers before he graduates in 2022.
Through his first two years as the starter for Coral Glades, he suffered an injury during the 2019 season before only playing in five games in 2020 due to COVID-19. Still, he’s been sensational in his eight career varsity games.
As a sophomore, Knabel threw for 325 yards in only six quarters before breaking his collarbone and missing the rest of the season. He bounced back in 2020 and accumulated 1,012 yards through the air and threw for 12 touchdowns, and added four on the ground.
Knaebel says it was a dreadful process, he says, coming back from his injury, but always felt like he would be back under center.
“I had to work harder than ever due to missing time on the field and in the weight room, but there were never any doubts,” said Knabel. “I just had to stay strong mentally and be the best teammate I could be during it.”
When he was five, he began playing football and started tackled at eight-years-old. The first team Knaebel played on was the Coral Springs Chargers as a quarterback, and he has never wavered from the position.
He also credits his parents, Gretchen and Scott, for all the sacrifices they have given him to be successful and his entire coaching staff, including Head Coach Cam Thomas.
For Coach Thomas, all he can do is praise his young star.
“He’s probably the best in the county,” he said. “He is a hard worker and dedicated to what we’re trying to do. This is going to be a great year for Dylan. He is the definition of a leader.”
Knaebel, though is eager to get better. He led his team to their first playoff appearance in school history last year and wants to continue to get better at football and become a better man.
Heading into the 2021 season, Knaebel will be the favorite to start and is eager to work hard and enjoy his senior year.
“I have plenty of faith that my team will not only be able to take Coral Springs over but hopefully Broward County,” Knaebel said.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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