Ohio State's September matchup with Wisconsin could have a little more juice than anticipated as Oklahoma transfer quarterback Caleb Williams is reportedly seriously considering joining the Badgers.
Wisconsin has emerged as a serious contender to sign former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams from the transfer portal, according to On3’s Gerry Hamilton. USC and LSU also remain in the running for On3’s No. 1 ranked prospect in the Transfer Portal Rankings.
A previous report from OKC-KWTV Sports Director Dean Blevins named USC and LSU the final two schools in Caleb Williams’ second recruitment but Paul Chryst and Wisconsin have not backed off their interest.
Despite one highly rated quarterback on campus, Wisconsin wants to add the favorite to land No. 1 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft to its roster. Williams also came into college as the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2021 class according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Williams was the top quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class before Quinn Ewers' reclassification and emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the country this season, unseating incumbent starter and preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler midway through Oklahoma's season.
In his 11 appearances in 2021, Williams threw for 1,912 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions with a 64.5 completion percentage. He also added 442 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Williams is by far the most coveted prospect in the transfer portal at the moment and is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft – potentially even the top quarterback in the class.
If Wisconsin does land Williams, it will be their most high-profile quarterback since adding Russell Wilson in 2011. This time, though, it won't just be for just one season as Williams still must play two more seasons at the college level before he's eligible for the NFL Draft.