USC lands transfer commitment from former Oklahoma wideout Mario Williams
As Trojan fans wait for news on a potential quarterback transfer, USC picked up a commitment from Oklahoma’s other transfer named Williams on Saturday.
Mario Williams, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound true freshman in 2021, announced he’ll join back up with his former coach at USC. Williams committed to and played for Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.
— Lootrunner.mariooo (@MarioWill00) January 15, 2022
Williams played a significant role for the Sooners right away this past season. He totaled 35 receptions (second-most on the team) for 380 yards and four touchdowns.
A Florida native, Williams was a high 4-star coming out of high school. He was rated as the 43rd player overall in his class, per the 247 Composite, and the fourth-best wide receiver during the cycle. He chose Oklahoma over offers from Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson among others. USC, however, did not offer.
But with Riley leaving Oklahoma for LA, and with the Sooners’ star quarterback entering the transfer portal shortly after the season ended, Williams was left looking for a new home. USC it is.
And he could make an immediate impact.
The Trojans are losing star receiver Drake London to the 2022 NFL Draft, freshman wideout Joseph Manjack IV has transferred out of the program, and senior K.D. Nixon has graduated. Nixon had just three catches for 35 yards in 2021, and Manjack had had seven for 67 yards.
But barring further transfer, the offense will be getting back starters in Gary Bryant Jr. (44 receptions, 579 yards, seven scores) and Tahj Washington (54 receptions, 602 yards, one score). The program has also added Washington transfer Terrell Bynum (26 receptions, 436 yards, four scores last season) and elite 2022 signee CJ Williams.
Plenty of skill talent for Riley to work with, and Mario Williams will only add to that. The rich get richer. Now we wait for the quarterback.