Caleb Williams: Former Oklahoma QB transfers to USC

The wait finally over as former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams will be the newest member of the USC Trojans as he made the announcement with a video to his Instagram account on Tuesday. Williams had been the top player in the transfer portal, and he will follow his former head coach Lincoln Riley to Los Angeles.

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Rumors swirled for weeks around Williams potentially having interest in the LSU Tigers, Wisconsin Badgers and UCLA Bruins to varying degrees. In the end, he wound up with USC where many predicted he would wind up.

As a true freshman in 2021, Williams took over for Spencer Rattler as the Sooners starting quarterback for the last seven games. He played in a total of 11 games and completed 64.5% of his passes for 1,912 yards with 21 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns on 79 attempts.

Riley left for USC the day after Oklahoma’s season ended, and Williams spent nearly an entire month in the transfer portal before publicly announcing his decision to play for the Trojans.

USC fired head coach Clay Helton after Week 2, and the Trojans finished 4-8 in 2021, and this is a massive addition early in the Riley era. The Trojans had a big hole to fill at quarterback with last year’s duo of Kedon Slovis (Pitt) and Jaxson Dart (Ole Miss) transferred away from the program.

Until Williams’ announcement, the only scholarship quarterback on the USC roster was Miller Moss, who was a true freshman buried on the depth chart last season.

The Trojans do not have a QB in their 2022 recruiting class with National Signing Day coming tomorrow but during his first week on the job, Riley landed a commitment from Malachi Nelson, who is rated as a 5-star quarterback by the four major recruiting sites.

Caleb Williams was one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 recruiting class nationally and attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

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