USC Trojans Eye Oregon State Transfer DJ Uiagalelei as Potential QB Solution

USC Heisman winner Caleb Williams's NFL Draft move prompts Trojans to explore DJ Uiagalelei as an option for their 2024 season.

In a surprising turn of events, USC Heisman-winning quarterback Caleb Williams appears destined for the NFL Draft, leaving the Trojans with a quarterback void to fill as they gear up for Big 10 play in 2024.

Key Takeaways:

  • USC’s star quarterback, Caleb Williams, is poised to enter the NFL Draft, creating a need for a new signal-caller for the Trojans in the upcoming season.
  • The Trojans have the option to rely on in-house talent like Miller Moss or Malachi Nelson, but they are also considering the transfer portal for potential solutions.
  • Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, a Southern California native and former Clemson standout, has announced his entry into the transfer portal, making him a prime target for USC.

If/when that happens, the USC Trojans will need a quarterback as they enter Big 10 play in 2024. The Trojans could start a QB they have in-house, whether that’s Miller Moss or Malachi Nelson. However, the Trojans could also go to the transfer portal, and if they plan to do so, a top Pac-12 QB just came into play.

Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei announced he will enter the transfer portal.

Now that raises the question: will the Trojans make a move on Uiagalelei? And my response to that question is, “Why The F not??!?!”

Uiagalelei is a 22-year-old veteran in the college game. Before transferring to Oregon State, he spent three seasons in the ACC powerhouse, Clemson University. He became the starting quarterback in his sophomore season, the year after Trevor Lawrence left for the NFL. However, after being benched in last season’s ACC championship game, he entered the portal and chose Oregon State on Christmas Eve last year.

The departure of former Oregon State coach and new Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith made it easier for DJ to pack his bags and move on.

DJ is a Southern California native from the Inland Empire and played for the powerhouse football program, St. John Bosco, in Bell Flower, California. The former five-star recruit chose Clemson initially, but now the Trojans have a golden opportunity to bring the SoCal boy back home.

This is a no-brainer for the Trojans, and we hope they put their name in the running for the junior QB.

In conclusion, with USC’s quarterback future uncertain, the potential addition of DJ Uiagalelei to the Trojans’ roster could bring a seasoned talent back to his Southern California roots. As USC looks to fill the void left by Caleb Williams, the opportunity to secure a player of Uiagalelei’s caliber should not be overlooked. The Trojans have a chance to make a strategic move that could pay dividends in the upcoming season and beyond.

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Gary Lee

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