If you read my column yesterday, you know I wasn’t too worried about the “deadline” for Caleb Williams to enroll and participate in spring practice.
Let’s just review some possibilities:
Williams enrolled and USC did not announce it. Hardly implausible given the way USC limits information more and more these days.
Williams is being given a loophole to delay making a decision and still participate in the spring. What school wouldn’t do that?
Williams doesn’t care if he plays in the spring. If you said Williams is one of the top 2 QB’s in the nation, I wouldn’t argue. He already knows Lincoln Riley’s offense. What does he care if he misses spring?
One thing to recognize: Williams is leasing his services to his next college. He isn’t coming to USC because he grew up a fan or fell in love with the program while in high school. The Crosstown Rivalry doesn’t resonate with him.
Playing in the NFL matters to him. And NIL deals. So he’s going to do everything on his schedule. And Riley is fine with that because he wants him.
Ultimately, none of this matters if Williams eventually comes to USC, which is still expected.