Caleb Williams narrows decision to USC football and 1 other dominant recruiting power

Coach Lincoln Riley talks with Caleb Williams (13) during the Sooners' 28-21 win against Iowa State, and will likely be back together at USC.
Coach Lincoln Riley talks with Caleb Williams (13) during the Sooners' 28-21 win against Iowa State, and will likely be back together at USC. / BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

While Lincoln Riley is grinding and having success in bringing in top-tier transfer after top-tier transfer, he's still working hard to bring the biggest one to the USC football program.

Caleb Williams is reportedly down to two schools, and USC is one of them.

USC and LSU are the two schools Williams is down to, according to OKC-KWTV Sports Director Dean Blevins. Both schools are now No. 1 (LSU) and No. 2 (USC) in the 247Sports transfer portal rankings for 2022. They also both just brought in high-profile coaches from other big programs (although ours is objectively FAR better).

When it comes to USC and LSU, it should be an easy choice for Caleb Williams.

What this likely means is that there's no choice at all for Caleb Williams than to join the USC football program. LSU has a far less than inspiring record of developing quarterbacks into NFL, and high NFL Draft picks.

USC on the other hand? It's a completely different story.

All seven of our last seven starting QBs (excluding JT Daniels and Kedon Slovis who haven't come out for the draft yet) have been drafted to the NFL. Four of them were drafted in the top ten as well. One of them in Carson Palmer has a Hall of Fame case, and we even had a backup in Matt Cassel get drafted and turn into an NFL Pro Bowler.

And that's most important because Williams and his family made it very clear that the No. 1 factor that goes into this decision will be who can prepare Williams for the league. Well, the only school that can compete with USC for QB development is OU due to all three of Lincoln Riley's three QBs being drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. Now with Riley over here, there truly is no better spot for a QB than SC.

Besides, all three of Riley's quarterbacks were Heisman contenders, and the first two (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) won the trophy. To make USC even more of a fit, Williams not only played for Riley in his true freshman season at Oklahoma but he excelled in it. Averaging 9.1 yards per attempt and 5.6 yards per carry, Williams scored 27 total touchdowns and threw just four total picks.

He was that good and was even at one point the leading Heisman contender despite not even becoming the starting quarterback for the Sooners until the second half of the season. He even said in the past that he'd even walk-on for Riley.

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It's an easy choice, and Williams will make it. He is 100% crystal-balled to SC, and with the momentum that Riley has gained in the transfer portal so far this offseason, it wouldn't be one bit surprising if he wasn't quite done just yet.