Williams had a breakout freshman campaign last year for the Oklahoma Sooners, after replacing then quarterback Spencer Rattler in the middle of the season. He finished his freshman season with 1,912 yards with 21 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Williams has told ESPN’s Pete Thamel that he will be transferring to USC to join his former coach at Oklahoma Lincoln Riley.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 1, 2022
All the signs were pointing to this following the transfer of both USC quarterbacks Jaxson Dart and Kedon Slovis. USC was in need of a quarterback with their departures and now Lincoln Riley will get to bring in his guy.
Here are some reactions around the college football world on the reunion between Riley and Williams.
I keep trying to tell y'all, USC is about to be a problem. That program just needed a reminder of how tight it can be — Lincoln Riley already doing it https://t.co/VaRkdV88sq
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) February 1, 2022
I think we’re all just shocked. https://t.co/jmfysvVdbe
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 1, 2022
Lincoln Riley will probably never be able to safely set foot in the state of Oklahoma again https://t.co/rV7a4xvuHH
— JWT (@JimWeTrust) February 1, 2022
Pac-12 has some juice now. I like it. https://t.co/scT9uyOHCn
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 1, 2022
It was a move that many saw as all too predictable, it was the perfect fit all along for both Williams and Riley.
When asked why USC was the perfect fit, Williams had this to say to ESPN on his decision.
“I wanted to go somewhere I thought would provide me with the best development both on and off the field,” said Williams. “Getting to know Coach Riley and gaining familiarity with his offense definitely played a part in my selection, as well as already knowing some of the guys on the team.”
This move capped off an excellent transfer class for Riley at USC, bringing in 13 transfers to USC since he arrived in Southern California in November.