The college football world was shocked on Monday. Caleb Williams, announced he was entering the transfer portal, less than a month after Spencer Rattler signed with South Carolina. Williams took over the starting job from Rattler at Oklahoma about midway through the 2021 campaign. Williams announcement had Florida Gators fans buzzing on social media.
Williams was a true freshman in 2021, and ended the season with 21 passing touchdowns despite only starting seven games. Caleb was highly sought after coming out of high school, he was a 5-star recruit and the number two ranked quarterback in the 2021 class.
Many schools will undoubtedly take a run at Williams, and the Florida Gators might be one of them. But don’t expect that the Gators have any shot of luring this kid. Here’s three reasons why Williams won’t be considering Florida.
1. New coach/staff
Most fans are enthused with Billy Napier’s start in the Swamp. He has been very busy in his first month as the new Florida Gator head coach, and it seems success is in his near future. However, a 5-star phenom quarterback does not want to wonder into the unknown at Florida. It is one of the reasons why he is potentially leaving Oklahoma as well. He can’t be sure whether the new Florida staff will fit his play-style. This reason alone is enough for us to know he won’t be heading to the Gators. Honestly, they would have a better shot at this kid if Dan Mullen was still the head coach based off his past with NFL quarterbacks. Caleb Williams is going to be looking for a coach that can develop him to the next level. I’m not saying Billy Napier isn’t capable of that, we just haven’t seen him do that yet.
2. Lack of weapons
Even if Williams could overlook the brand new staff coming in he would not be overlook the lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Jacob Copeland transferring, and the Florida Gators losing their only 4-star commit in Jayden Gibson, is a huge blow to the receiving core. They do have Justin Shorter still, who I expect will have a breakout year as the Gators number 1 wideout, but after that it’s just a cast of decent players. Coming from a program like Oklahoma, Williams had many options to help guide him through a game. Justin Shorter is not enough to bring Caleb Williams to Florida.
3. Lack of recent success
This kind of ties into the previous two points. The Gators haven’t really competed for a national championship since 2009, and have had three losing seasons since 2013. A 5-star, number 2 overall QB prospect, is going to be looking to compete for national championships every year. The cupboard is pretty bare for the Gators, they may win eight or nine games next year but they don’t have what it takes to run the table and go unbeaten with the lack of talent they currently have on their roster. If Alabama didn’t already have Bryce Young, Williams would jump ship to the Crimson Tide in a heart beat.