Former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams transfers to USC

Caleb Williams announced his decision to transfer from Oklahoma to USC, where he'll reunite with his former head coach Lincoln Riley.

Caleb Williams is reuniting with his former head coach Lincoln Riley, as ESPN announced that he is transferring from Oklahoma to USC. Williams heads west to join Riley just a few short weeks after Riley left the Sooners to become the head coach of the Trojans. What does this mean for the Pac-12? How about for Williams, Riley, and the college football landscape?

Caleb Williams transfers to USC, puts Pac-12 on notice

The Pac-12 is officially on notice. Williams is a star. This is the same quarterback who took the starting job from last year’s preseason Heisman Trophy frontrunner. The same quarterback who made a potential first overall pick all but forgotten.

Williams offers a ton of upside — and not only on the football field. By reuniting with Riley, Williams gives USC’s head coach a familiar face to count on and run his offense through. With so much instability surrounding the Trojans thanks to the head coaching change, Williams’ reliability will pay massive dividends.

Williams allows Riley to focus on building trust and rapport with the newly acquired players on USC’s roster while leaning on his quarterback to assist in leading the offense. It’s a big role for Williams to fill. But if 2021 was any indication, he’s up for the challenge.

Williams’ transfer to USC also includes weapons

Williams isn’t coming to USC empty-handed — he’s bringing weapons with him. Fellow ex-Sooner Mario Williams announced his entrance into the transfer portal just days after Caleb Williams did so. The former Oklahoma WR also went as far as to state that he wants Caleb to be his quarterback and would follow his QB to his next school.

You can bet Riley will happily take both Williams’ as he continues to build out his roster. The Pac-12 hasn’t quite seen a quarterback like Caleb. In a year where Cameron Rising was the conference’s most consistent and top-ranked quarterback, it’s safe to say Williams has a chance to win some games out west.

The writing was on the wall for Caleb Williams, Oklahoma, and USC

The news of Williams’ transfer to USC should shock quite literally no one. Not only did Williams enter the transfer portal just days after his former head coach was announced as USC’s head coach, but the Trojans’ projected starting quarterback for USC entering 2022 did the same. After Jaxson Dart placed his name in the portal, it became clear the path to USC was opening up for Williams.

Dart and former USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell are likely to reunite, as Harrell has taken the open offensive coordinator position at West Virginia. He needs a new quarterback after Jarret Doege also entered the portal.

Williams’ decision to move to USC was apparent. With Dart gone and Williams in, Southern Cal has its future in place. For at least two more seasons, you can expect to see No. 13 running wild in a Trojan uniform.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.


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