Caleb Williams was the top-rated transfer this recruiting cycle and his decision to leave Oklahoma for USC this offseason was one of college football’s most notable moves. It helped USC establish the No. 1 transfer class per 247Sports and recently, his father shared new details on his son’s decision to leave the Sooners. Williams’ father, Carl, handled his recruitment and any name, image and likeness possibilities that came his son’s way. It was a multi-step process for the family coming off a memorable freshman season with the Sooners as a five-star prospect and impact player in his first collegiate campaign.
“We did not know what we were going to do,” Carl said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “And honestly, when we went to the portal, Oklahoma was at the top of the list. But they did some things that were not in his best interest. ”
Williams’ father admits he was perturbed by the backlash from Oklahoma fans after his son entered the transfer portal. After Riley’s exit to USC, the family explained to Oklahoma’s staff that whichever program was going to best prepare his son for the next step would be the choice.
“I said this to Bob Stoops. I said this to Brent Venables, ”Carl said. “I’ll give you the clean version. You go to college to get prepared for your career. You want to be a doctor, you go to med school at the best college you can go into. You want to be a lawyer, you do the same. What we wanted to do was be prepared to play [in the NFL on] Day One. That was the driving force. ”
Williams said Oklahoma is grabbing UCFs Dillon Gabriel out of the portal soon after he said he was exploring other options made it clear the Sooners had moved on. Williams was asked how Oklahoma fans responded to news of his departure from the Sooners after his commitment in February.
“They reacted kind of to how I respected them to,” Williams said at the time. “I appreciate all the OU fans. I love all the OU fans. All the love and support they have given me throughout the season before I was playing before I got there and while I was playing. They’ll always be in my heart. ”
NIL opportunities did not play a major factor in Williams’ decision, he says.
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“(It’s) a consideration, obviously you have to think about it because it’s a part of college football, but not that big, not really big at all for me,” Williams said. “I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my childhood to be in certain s