The transfer portal is the most controversial, unpredictable and ever-changing tool in college football. After a 2021 rule change that eliminated the requirement for the transfer of athletes to be out for one year before they are eligible to play again, this postseason portal activity is booming.
While the portal looked like a group of third-string athletes hoping to have a better chance of seeing the pitch elsewhere, the culture has completely changed under this new rule, with initial QBs. running Here and everywhere. Oklahoma holder QB, and hopeful Heisman, Caleb Williams, shocked the world earlier this week by deciding to throw his hat in the ring. And while these transfers may seem totally random and unpredictable, avid CFB fans on TikTok and online message boards have done some analysis in the way that only college football disciples can. Some might call it madness, but I call it devotion. Let’s take a look at what they have to say.
Enter the theory of the girlfriend transfer portal (GTPT). Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was the first to go after leading the Huskers to the greatest 3-9 season the world had ever seen. He announced that he would be moving to the state of Kansas on December 16, which happens to be the same school where his girlfriend Marisa Weichel plays football. USC QB Kedon Slovis was next to go, announcing his engagement with Pitt, where his girlfriend Kate McKay also plays soccer.
One TikTok user He noted that Wyoming quarterback Levi Williams has also moved to Utah State, where, you guessed it, his girlfriend is studying. Williams proposed three days ago.
So the question everyone is asking remains: Can this theory be applied to this year’s biggest relocation portal novelty in Caleb Williams? Williams’ girlfriend Valery Orellana attends the University of North Carolina, a school that has just lost its star as a starting quarterback. The Tar Heels, however, just finished 7-6, so while it might give their attack a much needed boost, it would surprise me if an elite QB like Williams chose a schedule like UNC’s based solely on his girlfriend’s presence there. You never know, but perhaps this theory can provide a glimpse into other possibilities on the east coast that would bring Williams closer to Chapel Hill.
Of course, it would be the funniest thing that ever happened if Williams followed Spencer Rattler to South Carolina, but he won’t. So if we stay within the bounds of the GTPT, there are a couple of options to consider.
I got to see Williams go to Clemson (he needs an elite quarterback after a disappointing season under DJ Uiagalelei), which is just over a four hour drive from the UNC. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett is a senior, and with the Dawgs appearance this year, Athens could be another solid option for Williams, albeit a little further from Chapel Hill. If he’s willing to give Maryland a chance, with a solid staff of former Alabama coaches, it would be less than five hours from the UNC and close to his home in Washington, D.C.
Realistically, he could end up thousands of miles away by following Lincoln Riley to USC. Only time will tell if the theory is true for the best of the best.