Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams on transfer portal after Lincoln Riley's departure to USC
January 5, 2022
After Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma's former head coach announced that he would be transferring to USC, quarterback Caleb Williams of Oklahoma announced that he would be entering the transfer portal to explore his options.
Williams, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound true freshman, started 11 games for the Sooners this season, completing 64.6 percent of his passes for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns. He entered the transfer portal due to the heavy staff changes in Oklahoma, which might not align with his initial goal.
"I think we all come to college to find our own path and prepare for the future," Williams wrote on his Twitter. "I came to Oklahoma with a game plan, but with all of the recent changes, I need to figure out what is the right path for me moving forward.
"According to NCAA rules, as a student-athlete, the only way I can speak with other schools and see who may offer the best preparation and development for my future career is by entering the portal. Staying at OU will definitely be an option as I begin this process."
Williams had his top three favorites out of high school: Oklahoma, Maryland, and LSU. He also considered schools such as Georgia, Clemson, and Penn State.
According to the 247sports scouting report, Williams has a solid frame with good upper body thickness. He also has the size and arm angle to stand in the pocket and throw effectively. Williams has the ability to make plays with creativity and has the leadership qualities to make plays happen in big moments. He is a potential top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL draft.
Williams weighs in regarding Riley's departure
After the Sooners announced their intention to leave the Big 12 for the SEC in 2025, Riley was replaced by Brent Venables. He stated in December that he would "be surprised" if Williams left the program. The Sooners went on to defeat Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl and finished the season with an 11-2 record.
For the first time this season, Williams was able to speak in public during a radio interview with his teammates. Since he became the starting quarterback, Williams has never been allowed to do media interviews by former head coach Lincoln Riley.
Williams said that he has always admired and worked under Riley. "I like Riley, I've always liked Riley as you know," he said during his first media interview.
He was surprised by the change in leadership but also happy for Riley's family. "I mean I came here to be coached by him. Happy for him, his family, that situation that they are at. I haven't been mad at the guy, I was just a little surprised by it."
Despite his disappointment regarding Riley's departure, Williams was excited about the direction of the program under Brent Venables. Williams noted that he knew Venables for a long time since Williams visited Clemson multiple times while Venables was in Oklahoma. He was also known for his energy level.
"I think it was a great hire to have Coach BV here," Williams added.