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USC quarterback Caleb Williams says father refused to allow him to go to Alabama

Caleb Williams (#13) on the sideline with Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma for 2021 season
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Caleb Williams is reunited with Lincoln Riley at the University of Southern California.

He recorded a breakout freshman season in 2021 at Oklahoma — totaling 1,912 passing yards, 435 rushing yards, and 27 touchdowns. Williams played in 11 games, helping the Sooners to an 11-2 record. He is excited to be a USC Trojan, but his journey to the program was interesting. Williams had an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, and he discussed his process of choosing USC. Williams’ father played a critical role in his decision not to attend one program in particular.

College football quarterback Caleb Williams talks about his future in football l GMA

*Caleb Williams shares that his father would not allow him to choose Alabama at the 0:42 mark

“Ten years ago, my dad told me to make a list of schools I wanted to go to,” Williams said. “He said one, you cannot have Alabama on there. So, I ended up choosing the west coast schools out here. The first one was USC, and dreams do come true.”

Williams, a native of Washington, D.C., came to Oklahoma as a five-star in the 2021 class.

Alabama signed Jalen Milroe, a four-star quarterback from Texas, in 2021. We could have had a moment in Tuscaloosa between Williams and Bryce Young for starting signal-caller last year if Williams’ dad allowed it. Instead, Young is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, and Williams will lead a Pac-12 school that wants to be relevant again.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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