Athletes Worth Watching: Canaan Gebele
Dec 05, 2014 12:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
Broadneck High School two-sport standout Canaan Gebele looks forward to making the difficult decision few athletes are privileged or talented enough to make: Whether or not to play two sports in college.
Gebele is that good in both football and lacrosse. He co-captains both Bruins teams.
“If I go to a Division III school, maybe I can play two sports,” he says. But that scenario could be tabled if Gebele receives a Division I scholarship offer.
Broadneck Football Coach Rob Harris thinks that’s a good possibility for Gebele, who carries a 4.1 grade point average. “He is a very good athlete—a very underrated athlete,” Harris explains.
“He ran a 4.52 [seconds] 40-yard dash at the Denison University football camp last year. He could play Division I lacrosse or Division I-A or Division II football.”
Gebele favors playing football in college. “That’s what I have put most of my time and energy into,” Gebele says.
Gebele led the Broadneck football team to a perfect 10-0 record this season, including a playoff berth. He’s thrown for 26 touchdowns and 1,707 yards while completing 60 percent of his passes in his career as a starter. Gebele also rushed for 539 yards and nine scores.
“I think he is the best quarterback in the county,” Harris says.
“He has the work ethic, arm, and accuracy. He is the ultimate team player and leader. It’s very evident by his play on the field.”
And he performs under pressure, in the biggest games.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Gebele led the Bruins to a 42-14 victory over Arundel, ranked No. 7 in the state at the time, last October. He threw for 228 yards and four touchdown passes.
“We played the kid (Anthony Messenger) who was first-team All-County last year and he certainly outshined him,” Harris says.
On the lacrosse field, Gebele will be a three-year varsity player and two-year starter this spring.
He’s known for his versatility, toughness, and leadership. “He has started on close defense for us, but can play long stick midfield,” Broadneck coach Clay White says. “He knows where people are supposed to be on the field. He is like a quarterback back there. And he’s really respected by his peers.”
Gebele, who is interested in majoring in computer technology, devotes his time year-round to playing and training for sports. He also helps raise money for both the Broadneck Bruins Athletic Boosters Club and the Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Department. “He is a great kid and a great person to be around,” Harris says.
by Tom Worgo