The college football world suffered a concussion on Monday as Oklahoma defender Caleb Williams announced he had entered the transfer portal.
“This season has been incredible,” Williams wrote on Twitter. “My love for my teammates, my coaches and the Faster Nation is indescribable. The support you have given me cannot be overestimated, you are the best. ”
Williams has surpassed Spencer Rattler, who is a starting quarterback this season, as he has previously been the most recognized in the country. Rattler entered the transfer portal in November and eventually remained loyal to South Carolina.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley left for USC in November, and the Sooners hired former Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables to replace him.
Williams mentioned “recent changes” in his note – a clear signal of Riley’s departure – and he said he didn’t rule out a return to Oklahoma, but that accessing the portal was the only way he could legally hear what other programs had to offer. he said. .
Oklahoma Sports Director Joe Castiglione and Venables said in a statement that they “will continue to engage.” [Williams] and a comprehensive plan for his family’s development as a student and midfielder, including a graduation path and strategic use of NIL opportunities.
These NIL capabilities – names, images, and similarities that NCAA athletes are allowed to use anew – will spark a multi-player movement in college athletics, creating a whole new paradigm.
There will be a lot of competition in Oklahoma to keep Williams. Pit Temel from Yahoo Sports he says Williams will be “the most sought after player on the portal.”
Williams spoke with his father, Carl Temel he said his son has no goals and he believes that his plans to go to the program will best prepare him to become a professional defender.
“Professional development. We want Caleb to be ready to play when he is a professional. You go to college to prepare for your career, ”Carl Williams told Temel. “His chosen career is professional football. We want him to be ready when that time comes. “
The 20-year-old Williams has completed 64.6 percent of his assists for Oklahoma this season, throwing 1,916 yards and 21 rebounds in four interceptions.