Report: Williams could ‘come back to school’ at USC if NFL Draft presents ‘not a good situation’ 

A candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft could reportedly decide to remain in school for another season. 

USC quarterback Caleb Williams is entering his draft-eligible season with the Trojans, his third in college football. He already has a Heisman Trophy on his mantle, and a path to the College Football Playoff may be among what’s next for Williams to check off his list of accomplishments. 

According to Sam Schube of GQ Sports, Williams’ father Carl Williams said the NFL Draft system is “completely backwards” in that it rewards the team with the worst record the No. 1 selection. 

Carl Williams said that “the organizations matter” when it comes to previous quarterbacks who were taken with the No. 1 overall choice. Carl Williams said his son has “got two shots at the apple,” and that “if there’s not a good situation, the truth is, he can come back to school.” 

The likelihood that Caleb Williams decides to remain with USC for the 2024 season could be low given history with quarterbacks being taken with the first pick of the draft. 

However, the possibility remains that Caleb Williams could be a Trojan come the 2024 season depending on how the current 2023 campaign plays out. He’s already a contender for the top draft pick next spring, and it remains to be seen how Caleb Williams’ path to the NFL will develop.