Who needs a QB? 3 potential ACC destinations for Oklahoma transfer Caleb Williams
Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams entered the transfer portal on Monday, kicking off what will be one of the most impactful sagas of the entire offseason.
Williams is likely to be courted by several top programs across the country and has already been linked to schools like Georgia and USC. But why not an ACC program? Williams is from Washington DC after all, which is tucked right in the middle of ACC country.
Here are a few ACC Destinations that make sense for Williams to consider:
Clemson would make sense as a destination for William on a number of levels. For one, his stated goal of developing into a pro prospect fits Clemson’s history — the Tigers have successfully put Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence into the NFL in recent years. The Tigers are also talented enough to compete for a National Championship with Williams under center for the next two seasons. With DJ Uiagalelei struggling mightily in his first full year as a starter, it would make sense if Clemson wanted to move on for a more proven passer.
On the other hand, this would go against Dabo Swinney’s approach to transfers in year’s past. Swinney has been resistant to the transfer portal trend and may be more inclined to stick with Uiagalelei and incoming 5-star freshman Cade Klubnik.
With Sam Howell leaving Chapel Hill, why not North Carolina as Williams’ next destination? The Tar Heels have proven their ability to create a dynamic offense under coach Mack Brown and Howell is likely to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft.
North Carolina will need to rebuild its offensive line this offseason, as that was a major weakness this past year. But with the ACC’s top recruiting class coming in, the Tar Heels will be on an upward trajectory if they can find the right quarterback — either internally or externally — this offseason.
No, Notre Dame isn’t a full-time ACC member. But the Fighting Irish make more sense for Williams than the remaining choices due to their elevated skill talent and proven offensive coordinator. Tommy Rees is a respected offensive mind in the college game and would be able to get the most out of Williams over the next two years.
For Williams, he would be transferring to one of the most historic programs in all of college football with a legitimate chance to compete for National Championships. There’s a clear fit for both parties.
Addressing the rest of the ACC
Florida State (Jordan Travis), Miami (Tyler Van Dyke), NC State (Devin Leary), Louisville (Malik Cunningham) and Pitt (Kedon Slovis) were left off this list because those programs already have incumbent starters. Pitt (Kedon Slovis) has already landed a top quarterback through the portal this offseason. Other programs like Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest have had explosive offenses in the past, but lack the pedigree and overall talent level that Williams will likely be targeting in his next landing spot.