- There has been a lot of smoke surrounding Caleb Williams’ interest in playing for Wisconsin.
- None of the rumors make any sense based on history and what both he and his family have said about his commitment.
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Everything that I have heard indicates that Caleb Williams is transferring to the University of Southern California and that it is a done deal. And to further the belief, his name may or may not be in the Trojans’ student database, and Lincoln Riley may or may not have hinted at his imminent arrival.
However, reports continue to surface surrounding Williams’ recruitment and one new, surprising suitor entered the conversation earlier this week.
The University of Wisconsin is expected to hire Bobby Engram as its next offensive coordinator. Engram, a 14-year NFL veteran, has most recently served as the Baltimore Ravens’ tight ends coach after serving in similar roles with the 49ers and at the University of Pittsburgh.
While at Pitt, Engram was the wide receivers coach under then-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. Chryst is now the head coach at Wisconsin.
Engram has ties to Caleb Williams which have led people to believe that the Badgers are in the mix for his commitment.
Caleb’s father Carl is good friends with Bobby Engram. Bobby’s son Dean, who players cornerback at Wisconsin, was Caleb’s teammate in high school.
In addition, the Williams family is friends with Russel Wilson. Wilson played under Chryst when he was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin.
Here is how it breaks down:
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— Nathan (@NathanJH31) January 26, 2022
While that is all good and well, Wisconsin is not going to get a commitment from Caleb Williams. The former five-star quarterback and his family have made it very clear that the biggest factor into his decision is preparation for the NFL.
Wherever William is to end up, he and his family say, allows him the best opportunity to develop into an NFL quarterback and hopeful first round pick.
If it was about money, LSU would likely be hard to turn down, based on how big the pockets are in Baton Rouge. If it was about family connection, the Badgers would make sense based on the tree of ties.
But if it is truly about NFL development, neither LSU nor Wisconsin makes sense.
Quarterbacks who played under new Tigers head coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame have not had much success on the next level. In fact, history shows that Fighting Irish quarterbacks have been historically terrible in the NFL.
The same goes for Wisconsin, outside of Russel Wilson. Chryst has been involved with the Badgers’ offense, either as offensive coordinator or head coach since 2005, outside of 2012-2014, and the team has had one 3,000-yard passer— Wilson in 2011.
Why would Williams want to play for a team that threw for less than 2,000 yards last season? Why would he want to play for a team that runs the ball about 50% of the team, if not more? He wouldn’t.
All of the recent rumors linking Williams to the Badgers is smoke, intended to stir up drama. Meanwhile, USC is dotting every i and crossing every t to ensure that there is no case for tampering when Riley brings his guy to L.A.