The switch portal is school soccer’s most controversial, unpredictable, and ever-changing device. After a 2021 rule change that eradicated the requirement for transferring athletes to take a seat out a 12 months earlier than being eligible to play once more, this postseason portal exercise is exploding.
Whereas the portal used to appear like a bunch of third-string athletes hoping to get a greater shot at seeing the sector elsewhere, the tradition has completely modified below this new rule, with beginning QBs running right here, there, and in every single place. Oklahoma beginning QB, and Heisman hopeful, Caleb Williams, shocked the world earlier this week by deciding to throw his hat into the ring. And whereas these transfers could seem completely random and unpredictable, avid CFB followers on TikTok and on-line message boards have been doing a little evaluation in the way in which that solely school soccer disciples can. Some could name it madness, but I name it devoted. Let’s check out what they should say.
Enter the Girlfriend Switch Portal Idea (GTPT). Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was the primary to go after main the Huskers to the best 3-9 season the world had ever seen. He introduced he was transferring to Kansas State on December 16, which simply so occurs to be the identical faculty that his girlfriend Marisa Weichel performs soccer for. USC QB Kedon Slovis was the following to go, asserting his dedication to Pitt, the place his girlfriend Kate McKay additionally performs soccer.
One TikTok user identified that even Wyoming quarterback Levi Williams transferred to Utah State — the place, you guessed it, his girlfriend research. Williams proposed to her three days in the past.
So the query everyone seems to be asking stays: can this concept be utilized to the most important information of this 12 months’s switch portal in Caleb Williams? Williams’ girlfriend Valery Orellana attends the College of North Carolina, a college that simply misplaced its star beginning quarterback. The Tar Heels, nevertheless, additionally simply completed 7-6, so whereas he may deliver a wanted enhance to their offense, it will shock me if an elite QB like Williams would select a program like UNC’s primarily based solely on his girlfriend’s presence there. You by no means know, however maybe this concept can present a glance into different prospects on the east coast that will deliver Williams nearer to Chapel Hill.
Clearly, it will be the funniest factor that ever occurred if Williams adopted Spencer Rattler to South Carolina, however he gained’t do it. So if we’re staying inside the bounds of the GTPT, there are a pair choices to think about.
I may see Williams going to Clemson (in want of an elite quarterback after a disappointing season below DJ Uiagalelei), which is slightly over 4 hours from UNC by automobile. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett is a senior, and with the way in which the Dawgs have been trying this 12 months, Athens might be one other stable possibility for Williams — if a bit additional out from Chapel Hill. If he’s keen to offer Maryland a shot, with a stable employees of former Alabama coaches, he’d be lower than 5 hours from UNC, and near his residence in Washington, D.C.
Realistically, he could find yourself 1000’s of miles away following Lincoln Riley to USC. Solely time will inform if the speculation holds true for the perfect of the perfect.