Wisconsin recruiting analyst John McNamara has reported that Caleb Williams informed Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst that he will not be transferring to Wisconsin, which is good news for USC football fans.
I don't think any of us felt truly threatened by the idea of Williams choosing Wisconsin over USC, but to be fair, the possibility was there. He was reported to be seriously considering the Badgers, and now that he's not, there seems to likely be even more of a chance he heads to the Trojans.
Williams has said in the past that he'd even walk-on for new USC Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley, and he certainly played like it last year under Riley at OU. Averaging 9.1 yards per pass attempt, the No. 1 transfer in the country scored a total of 27 touchdowns despite not even being the starter until the second half of the season. He already thrives in this offense, and one of his favorite Oklahoma targets in Mario Williams already made the move.
Caleb Williams can likely still play in the spring if he transfers to the USC football program right now.
Now that this Wisconsin situation is possibly taken care of, Caleb Williams is closer to transferring to the USC football program. While the registration deadline for spring was this past Friday, let's be real about this: He's Caleb Williams. If he wants to enroll at a university a little late for the spring, whatever university it is would allow him to.
Now, that being said, this fact also means that he can continue to take his time with this. And for what it's worth, he doesn't even NEED to play in the spring with us. He already knows the offense.
I would 100% advise any transfer quarterback to play spring ball so that they can develop rapports with teammates, but at the end of the day this is Williams' decision. He knows he'll start here if he wants to come here, so he can transfer whenever he wants.
Other schools in contention for him, like LSU for instance, also don't have a QB who could compete for a job with Williams, so he really can take as much time as he wants to make his decision. It's just nice to know that the rumor of him potentially heading to Madison seems to be dying down a bit, because they were arguably the toughest competition for SC to land the standout QB. While it's by no means a done deal, all signs seem to continue pointing to the strong likelihood that Williams will soon be a Trojan.