USC wideout Mario Williams says he’ll play a second sport for the Trojans
USC wide receiver Mario Williams plans to play baseball with the Trojans during the 2023 season, he said on a recent podcast appearance.
The 5-foot-9 sophomore said his appreciation for baseball rivals that of football. Williams was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school, signing with USC coach Lincoln Riley when he was at Oklahoma last season. In January, he officially transferred to USC to follow Riley and link up with Caleb Williams.
“Next year, I’ll play (baseball),” Williams said during an appearance on the Momentum Truck Podcast. “I couldn’t play this year. With baseball, you can’t transfer and play instantly, so I had to wait until next year. I play outfield.”
Williams said he is a top-of-the-order hitter. “You last longer in baseball,” Williams said when asked which sport he’d play professionally if forced to choose one or the other. “Football, I feel like it’s just natural. Baseball is a lot of technique.”
As a freshman last season at OU, Williams did not play baseball but he did land an immediate role within the Oklahoma offense on the gridiron. He logged 35 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Earlier this offseason, he was named one of the 10 best returning wideouts in college football by PFF.