Walk-on tight end Caleb Wilson, son of former USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson, is reportedly set to transfer across town to UCLA.
Per Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report, Wilson is heading to the Trojans’ arch-rivals as a scholarship tight end. UCLA has had a severe lack of depth at tight end following the early departure of Y-receiver Thomas Duarte and the quick-trigger bounce of Chris Clark last fall.
Wilson joined the Trojans in 2015 as a preferred walk-on out of Serra High School in Gardena, after turning down a scholarship to play quarterback at Old Dominion. He didn’t see any action as a true freshman tight end, serving mostly as a reserve player in practice.
Following the Pac-12 Championship Game, Wilson’s father Chris was terminated along with three other assistant coaches. He’s since moved on to take the defensive line position with the Philadelphia Eagles, following a brief stint at Missouri.
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Once Wilson was fired, it was widely speculated that Caleb would follow suit in departing USC. Originally, he was reported by the LA Daily News to be transferring to Old Dominion, though that’s apparently changed, with UCLA joining the fray.
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Without him, the Trojans still have moderate depth at tight end. Last season’s starters Taylor McNamara and Tyler Petite both return, while Daniel Imatorbhebhe is now eligible to play after transferring to Florida. Newly signed Cary Angeline will get to campus in August.
Wilson will join a long list of people who have studied at both USC and UCLA, including former Bruins head coach and Rose Bowl hero Rick Neuheisel. Upon a brief NFL career, Neuheisel graduated from USC’s Gould School of Law in 1988.
USC and UCLA will meet this November 19th at Rose Bowl, where the Bruins will seek to avenge the Trojans’ 40-21 win in 2015, which clinched the Pac-12 South Division title.