The coaching carousel in college football was chaotic this season, but the transfer portal has been even crazier. With the transfer portal playing such a prevalent role in this offseason, the quarterback carousel around college football has also been intriguing. USC quarterback Jaxson Dart opted to enter the portal recently, and he was just spotted alongside Trojans tight end Michael Trigg sporting Oklahoma Sooners uniforms.
It was recently reported that Dart was zeroing in on three possible transfer destinations: Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and TCU. It appears that Dart, along with Trigg, were on a visit to the Sooners on Friday.
Dart and Trigg were alongside one another on Thursday, when the pair took a visit to Ole Miss. The two were roommates at USC in addition to sharing the field together.
Dart’s decision to transfer from USC comes after the Trojans hired Lincoln Riley, from Oklahoma, as the team’s next head coach. Additionally, Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams recently entered the portal, with a lot of speculation about him potentially reuniting with Riley at USC.
In 2021, Dart played in six games as a true freshman. He completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,353 yards, throwing for nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Dart also added two rushing touchdowns. Trigg caught seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown this year in his true freshman season.
Dart was a highly touted quarterback in the 2021 class, and Trigg was one of the top tight ends in the class as well.
Dart would be an interesting addition for Oklahoma
While Dart is a very talented quarterback, the fit at Oklahoma is interesting. Hours after Caleb Williams entered the portal, the Sooners flipped former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel, reuniting him with offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby. Gabriel was committed to UCLA, but the opportunity to play for Lebby was enough for him to switch on the same day that be began classes on UCLA’s campus.
Williams also hasn’t ruled out returning to Oklahoma, although that continues to grow unlikely. At this point, it appears that UCLA and USC are the two leading options to land Williams in the portal. The final day for USC football players to enroll as full-time students is January 28. If Williams misses that deadline and still chooses USC, he would not be able to partake in spring practice.
The domino effect of quarterback movement is very apparent in this situation. Dart choosing Oklahoma would only add to an increasingly unpredictable offseason.