USC quarterback Caleb Williams Nov 11, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) watches game action against the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

USC Trojans star quarterback Caleb Williams is nearly unanimously predicted to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is not yet committing to even entering the draft next year.

During a recent interview with ESPN, Caleb Williams declined to give his formal decision about whether or not he will enter the NFL Draft after the 2023 college football season, instead claiming that he will decide after the season. However, he did make it clear that going to the NFL after three years in college was “the dream and goal.”

“That’s for sure now going to be an in-the-moment decision at the end of the year,” Williams told ESPN. “It’s my third year, and the dream and goal was to go three-and-out. Being around these guys and in college and enjoying it, we’ll have to see at the end of this year.”

It’s tough to imagine a scenario where Williams passes up the opportunity to become the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, but the fact that he still hasn’t formally announced his plans might have some USC fans feeling a small bit of hope that they might get more than one more season of Williams in a Trojans uniform.