Where will former Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams transfer to?

Where does Caleb Williams eventually land, and where are the top landing spots for the coveted QB now that he's entered the transfer portal?

Caleb Williams shocked the collective college football world this week. Williams announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal, which not only put yet another talented name in the free-agency pool, but also signified the official change in college football “free agency” as we know it. So, where could Williams actually end up if he does in fact choose to leave Oklahoma? Here are the potential landing spots for the highly-touted signal-caller.

Caleb Williams’ landing spots

Just about every major college football program has certainly done their due diligence on Williams. He’s not your average quarterback thrown into the portal. With that in mind, here are some likely spots he could land.

USC Trojans

Let’s knock out the first — and most obvious — landing spot. With his former head coach jettisoning to USC, it would only make sense for Williams to at least entertain the idea of transferring to the Trojans.

Sure, they have Jaxson Dart as their quarterback of the future, but he was up and down last year after taking over for Kedon Slovis. The familiarity of his head coach and the glitz and fame that comes with LA has to be entertaining enough for Williams.

Heading to USC and potentially becoming the next great Southern Cal QB is another factor. But the USC roster has holes. They won’t be a team that is competing on the national stage for at least a season.

Will the familiarity of USC and Lincoln Riley be enough to push Williams to Southern California? Or will the drawback of playing in Pac-12 obscurity be too much to overcome?

UCLA Bruins

Take all the aforementioned concerns surrounding USC and bring them here. UCLA is fighting an uphill battle to land Williams’ services over USC for a multitude of reasons. Would Williams even consider the Bruins, knowing full well he’d have to square off against his former head coach twice in the next two seasons?

If there’s any indication that Williams may be heading there, it may be the fact that former UCF QB Dillon Gabriel decided to leave UCLA almost immediately after Williams entered the transfer portal. Gabriel committed to Oklahoma, essentially replacing Williams in Norman. Does Williams replace Gabriel at UCLA? Or is this a sign that Dorian Thompson-Robinson is returning for the Bruins?

North Carolina Tar Heels

This one isn’t quite as out there as it may seem. North Carolina has a bunch of things going for it to land a top talent like Williams. First off, there’s offensive coordinator Phil Longo. Not only did Longo develop Sam Howell, but he is also widely considered one of the best offensive minds in college football.

There’s Mack Brown as head coach. Who wouldn’t want to play for a legend? The coaching staff is one thing, but playing with Josh Downs is another. Throwing it to Downs would immediately make Williams-to-Downs one of the nation’s best QB-WR combinations.

Also, there’s a personal factor to UNC. Williams’ girlfriend reportedly attends UNC-Chapel Hill. If recent history of high-profile quarterbacks following their significant others gives us any indication here, UNC has to actually be the odds-on favorite to land Williams.

Oklahoma Sooners

Okay, this one isn’t quite as likely given that Williams has publically stated he’s entering the transfer portal and is subsequently leaving Oklahoma — for now, at least.

Williams stated that he wants to entertain offers, but he can only do so if he enters his name into the portal. Still, Williams didn’t help create a great rapport with new head coach Brent Venables when he cast his name into the transfer portal just days after Venables was announced as Oklahoma’s coach.

Nevertheless, Williams is familiar with Norman, OU. He’s familiar with the team and has built chemistry with the players and retaining staff.

As nice as that is, the Sooners seem to have lost quite a bit from a roster that wasn’t even good enough to make the Big 12 Championship Game. They don’t seem ready to return to a conference title appearance just yet, and Williams has a bond to rebuild with the current roster and staff. Returning to Oklahoma may be the biggest longshot here.

Arizona Wildcats

If Oklahoma is the biggest longshot, that makes Arizona a complete shot in the dark. The Wildcats went 1-11 this past season. They’ve won just a handful of games in what feels like the past half-decade of action. Yet, they’ve somehow managed to sign a top-50 recruit, land the transfer services of Jacob Cowing from UTEP, and are coached by a former NFL offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Jedd Fisch.

If Williams’ long-term goal is to end up in the NFL, who better to learn from than a former NFL QB coach? The roster isn’t stacked in Arizona’s favor, but we’ve already seen the first domino fall.

Oklahoma WR Mario Williams has entered the transfer portal, stating he wants to play with Caleb Williams. A package deal of Mario and Caleb Williams to Arizona, joined by Cowing, would make that offense pretty tough to stop.

It’s a pipe dream. A shot in the dark. But it is possible. The college football world has been rocked a few times this season. What’s one more?

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