The college football transfer portal is set to open on Dec. 5. One name to keep an eye on is speedy Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy, who may be looking for greener pastures as far as fit and scheme.
One school that could be a perfect match is Lincoln Riley’s USC Trojans. Riley’s reputation is still a bit bruised, as he’s the one who tampered with reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison and reportedly enticed him with NIL dreams, causing the gifted wide receiver to leave Pittsburgh for Southern California.
This time it’s another star pass-catcher that could join Riley’s dynamic attack out in Tinseltown.
Per the 247 Sports USC Football site, Worthy leaving Austin for Los Angeles is all speculation at the moment but shouldn’t be taken lightly. No one expected Addison to go West either, and a few weeks later he was in USC colors. So, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
There has been some smoke about Xavier Worthy possibly transferring out of Texas. It’s something that started on the Longhorns 247 Sports board. Naturally, where there’s smoke, there’s usually some sort of fire.
“Texas is going to do a lot to try and retain their players … but from an offensive fit, if you’re looking at the schools that he might transfer to, USC would obviously be at the top of the list,” said the publication.
Did Riley Tamper To Get Addison? Is Worthy Next?
With the new culture of college athletics, which includes plush NIL deals and a very flexible transfer portal, players no longer having to sit out that required year.
After taking the USC job last season, Riley landed his QB from Oklahoma, Caleb Williams. He then got Addison, and there was no shortage of folks who believed Riley and USC tampered in order to add the star receiver. Many said Addison sold out for the glitz and glamour of L.A. and NIL deals, which he may have.
In an interview with local media in August, Addison himself says USC didn’t open the bank for him. And he’s not chasing fame. The future NFL star claims he came out West for football purposes only.
“Just some BS. But I mean the truth always going to come to light, so I just make sure I’m just going to keep working and make sure I’m ready for the season.”
“I wasn’t coming out here for all the lights, camera, action and all that,” he added. “I just wanted to make sure that they knew I was strictly business.”
— Jordan Addison (@Espn_Jordan) May 19, 2022
Adding Worthy Would Be Insane
If Worthy is indeed looking for a change of scenery, what better spot than USC? With Heisman candidate Caleb Williams at the helm for at least one more season, and Riley dialing it up, it wouldn’t be a bad move at all.
Also, California can compete with Texas in the NIL world, as they have the collective game-shaking and moving out west. Through two seasons, the speedy Worthy has over 100 receptions for over 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns.
College football is changing, and the best players can go to the highest bidder at almost any time.