Former Oklahoma Sooner QB Caleb Williams Transfers to USC, Reunites with Coach Lincoln Riley

AP

Star quarterback Caleb Williams is transferring to USC, the former Oklahoma quarterback announced Tuesday.

The move reunites Williams with first-year USC head coach Lincoln Riley, for whom Williams played during his breakthrough true freshman year with the Sooners in 2021.

“I wanted to go somewhere I thought would provide me with the best development both on and off the field,” Williams told ESPN, adding, “Getting to know Coach Riley and gaining familiarity with his offense definitely played a part in my selection, as well as already knowing some the guys on the team.”

The decision marks the end of the biggest offseason mystery in college football, as Williams spent nearly one month in the NCAA transfer portal. He chose the Trojans over UCLA, Georgia, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Williams signed all his paperwork to attend USC late last week, a source told ESPN. He registered for classes with his academic adviser late Friday, ahead of the school’s final deadline to do so. He is expected to attend his first class at USC in person Tuesday and be cleared to join team workouts in the upcoming days.

“I want to get to work right away, earn the trust of my teammates, win championships and help bring USC back to being a top-rated program,” Williams said.

The move marks the end of one of the most celebrated and potentially transformative transfers in modern college football, and it’s a decision that could loom large over the landscape of the sport as well as over the Pac-12.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Pete Thamel

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