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Former Patchogue-Medford football star Rich Gebbia reports that his two sons have signed on as quarterbacks with two big-time college football programs.
Gebbia, a folklore hero of sorts in Mississippi from his days as a tight end for Ole Miss football, said his boys Tristan Richard, 24, and Dylan, 19, have officially committed to playing at Ohio State and Hawaii, respectively.
Tristan Richard Dylan will be a seventh-year senior this fall. He appeared in four games for Oregon State in 2022 — including the Beavers’ 30-3 win over Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl — after missing all of 2021 with an injury. Previously, he transferred from Nebraska to Oregon State after redshirting as a freshman, and under old transfer rules needed to sit out a season.
Heavily recruited back in 2016-17 while starring for Calabasas High School in California, the elder Gebbia brother transferred to Ohio State one day after 2022 Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud opted out of his final collegiate season and declared for the NFL draft.
Interestingly, like national champion Georgia’s starting quarterback Stetson Bennett, Tristan Gebbia will be 25 by the time bowl season rolls around.
Rich Gebbia told GreaterLongIsland.com that his eldest son wants to coach down the road and that Ohio State ”is a great spot for him to learn and play.”
“So proud of both my sons joining these football programs – Let the Journey begin!” Rich Gebbia posted on Instagram.
As a standout signal caller for Bishop Alemany High School in California, Dylan Gebbia garnered scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Maryland and Colorado State, among other DI football programs in 2021-22. He committed to UCLA last February but didn’t play this fall.
Rich Gebbia, a Medford native and a 1985 graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School, earned All-County honors while playing for the Raiders. He is still heralded in Mississippi for a winning 24-yard touchdown pass he caught with four seconds remaining against Tulane in 1989.
Ole Miss diehards refer to the play as “The Catch.” Click on the YouTube box below to check it out.
His fraternal twin brother David, a bruising offensive tackle at Patchogue-Medford back in the day, is widely considered the husband with the highest net worth among cast members of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
For decades, the twins lived in Southern California, while building highly successful careers in finance. They recently relocated their homes and business operations to South Florida, scooping up several multi-million properties along the way.
Top photo: Oregon State quarterback Tristan Gebbia (3) is recognized during a Senior Day ceremony prior to an NCAA college football game against Oregon on Saturday, Nov 26, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State won 38-34. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)