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Caleb Williams enters transfer portal: Oklahoma star QB exploring options after standout freshman season

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Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams, the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2021, will enter the transfer portal after one year with the Sooners. However, staying at Oklahoma “will definitely be an option,” according the statement Williams posted to Twitter on Monday announcing the move. 

“I came to Oklahoma with a game plan, but with all of the recent changes, I need to figure out what is the right path for me moving forward,” Williams wrote in a statement. “According to NCAA rules, as a student-athlete, the only way I can speak with other schools and see who may offer the best preparation and development for my future career is by entering the portal. Staying at OU will definitely be an option as I begin this process.” 

Williams took Norman, Oklahoma, by storm after leading a 21-point comeback after halftime against rival Texas in the Red River Showdown, the second-biggest comeback in program history. He was named to the 247Sports True Freshman All-America Team after throwing for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions after taking over for Spencer Rattler. The freshman also rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns after playing meaningful snaps in eight games in the 2021 season. 

The decision comes more than a month after former coach Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma for the same position at USC in a shocking coaching carousel twist. In the weeks since, 2023’s No. 2 overall quarterback Malachi Nelson flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Riley at USC. 

The Sooners also lost Rattler to South Carolina. If Williams opts to leave, Penn State transfer Micah Bowens will be the only remaining scholarship quarterback on the roster. He has not thrown a pass for the Sooners. 

This story will be updated shortly with takeaways from Williams entering the NCAA transfer portal. 

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