Caleb Williams was perhaps the top transfer target throughout this entire hectic offseason in the portal.

The former Oklahoma QB, who showed major promise as a freshman, ended up following ex-Sooners coach Lincoln Riley to USC, but other schools were in play.

In an interview with Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, Carl Williams, Caleb’s father, said USC, UCLA and Wisconsin were the final schools. He added that he liked Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss, but Kiffin would have had to be at a different school for it to make sense for Caleb:

One of those included Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, who struck a chord with Carl. If Kiffin were at a different school, maybe Caleb would have thought more seriously about playing for him.

“Lane Kiffin was fun. I liked Lane,” Carl says. “It was going to be tough for us to go to Mississippi. Other guys were trying to put on a show. ‘You can change the trajectory of our program!’ Dude, we don’t care about your trajectory, the school colors and buildings. It’s who can get this kid ready for the NFL.”

Kiffin seems to connect with the current generation of athletes. But, it seems the Williams family was hesitant about going to Ole Miss, even though Kiffin just developed a first-round quarterback in Matt Corral.