Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams runs against Oregon during the first half of the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
- Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams has officially entered the transfer portal
- Georgia and USC are among the top potential landing spots for the five-star recruit
- Read below for odds on Caleb Williams’ potential next team, plus analysis
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams is officially entering the transfer portal. The five-star recruit announced his decision on his Twitter account Monday. Williams said remaining at Oklahoma is an option but he wants to communicate with other schools.
Georgia and USC are among the top potential destinations for Williams. The Bulldogs reportedly have huge NIL offers on the table for Williams, while the Trojans are an enticing option due to new coach Lincoln Riley.
Let’s take a look at the odds on Caleb Williams next team, and offer you our analysis.
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UGA Favored to Land Williams
The Georgia Bulldogs are favored to land Caleb Williams out of the transfer portal. This is primarily due to rumors circulating that Williams is going to get $1-2 million in NIL deals to play for the Bulldogs. 247Sports National College football analyst Blake Brockermeyer reports Georgia is indeed the top landing spot for Williams.
Hearing from multiple sources Georgia is the top landing spot unless they get outbid. Will be ripple effect at Georgia like Ohio St if it happens.
OU will get a dude, great opportunity to shine under Jeff Lebby.
Ole miss same under Kiffin. https://t.co/tt9EpsSZnm
— Blake Brockermeyer (@BBrockermeyerFW) January 3, 2022
The rumored NIL money on the table for Williams speaks to the College Football landscape in 2021. Players now have the ability to use their name, image, and likeness to garner major money in brand deals. What we’re seeing with Williams is comparable to an NFL star testing the open market in free agency.
While UGA may have the best offer, do the Bulldogs makes sense for Williams? Georgia’s quarterbacks issues have been well-documented, as former five-stars Jacob Eason and Justin Fields both transferred out of UGA. Kirby Smart has a reputation for keeping five stars on the sidelines.
Current UGA QB Stetson Bennett has another year of eligibility left if he chooses to return to UGA in 2022, while JT Daniels is still waiting for his chance to takeover as starter. On the surface, Georgia doesn’t seem like an ideal landing spot for Williams, although money talks.
Williams and Riley Reunion at USC?
Another top potential landing spot for Williams is USC. Williams’ former coach at Oklahoma, Lincoln Riley, announced in early-December that he would be leaving to take the vacant head coaching position at Southern Cal. It isn’t a stretch to think Williams could follow Riley out to Los Angeles.
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 12, 2021
Williams had a plethora of college options coming out of high school, but reportedly chose Oklahoma due to Riley’s track record in developing NFL-bound quarterbacks. In just one shortened season under Riley, Williams threw for almost 2,000 yards and 21 TDs while rushing for an additional 442 yards.
The problem with USC as a destination for Williams is Trojan’s freshman QB Jaxson Dart appears ready to take over the reins. While Dart has been impressive, he’s still not on the level of Williams. USC may be open to bringing in another talent with Kedon Slovis transferring out.
Considering Riley recruited Williams to Norman out of high school in DC, Riley could certainly lure the five star to the West Coast. There’s a bond in place between Williams and Riley, which makes USC a top potential landing spot for the star pivot.
What About Oklahoma?
Although there’s sure to be plenty of schools in the bidding war for Williams, a return to Oklahoma isn’t off the table. In fact, in his official statement on Twitter, Williams made it clear that staying at Oklahoma is an option.
— Caleb Williams (@CALEBcsw) January 3, 2022
In his announcement, Williams said the only way he can speak with other schools and browse offers are if he enters the transfer portal. Williams later retweeted a post by the team’s Twitter account that said OU will continue to be engaged with Williams on his development.
It’s been a tough offseason for the Sooners, as Spencer Rattler, Theo Wease, Jadon Haselwood, and Austin Stogner all announced their plans to transfer after Riley’s departure. Esteemed defensive coordinator Brent Venables, however, has since joined OU as their next head coach.
It’s easy to understand with all these changes why Williams wants to explore his options. It’s more likely than not Williams departs the program, especially with news breaking Monday night that UCF QB Dillon Gabriel has transferred to OU.
Potential Longshot Teams for Williams
USC appears to be the most likely landing spot for Williams, but there are sleeper schools in play. Back when Williams was coming out of high school, his top three preferred college destinations were Oklahoma, Maryland and LSU. Williams is from the DMV and went to Gonzaga high school.
5⭐️QB Caleb Williams is scheduled to commit tomorrow.
It’s between Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland.
Where will he go? pic.twitter.com/pEMUCO4esN
— Sidelines – Recruiting (@SSN_Recruiting) July 4, 2020
A hometown reunion for Williams in Maryland is an option, especially considering the Terps are expected to have an elite wide receiving group in 2022. What decreases this possibility is the fact Mike Locksley already has his man at QB with rising star Taulia Tagovailoa.
Williams will likely transfer somewhere where he can start right away, which is why you can rule out schools such as Alabama (Bryce Young) and Texas (Quinn Ewers), who already have star QBs. An under-the-radar landing spot for Williams is Ole Miss, where Lane Kiffin is looking to replace Matt Corral.
Williams would seemingly be a great fit in Kiffin’s scheme, as the Rebels’ offense features plenty of quarterback runs. Kiffin has a reputation for developing NFL talent, while the SEC is CFB’s most prestige conference. Don’t sleep on Ole Miss as a potential landing spot for Williams.
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