Caleb Wilson to UCLA: Latest Details on TE's Transfer from USC

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

Last year, Caleb Wilson was changing positions; now, he's changing schools. The freshman tight end will reportedly transfer from Southern California to UCLA, per Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report:

Wilson joined the Trojans as a walk-on in February 2015.

Chris Wilson joined the Missouri Tigers staff in December after USC fired him, along with three other coaches, in the aftermath of the Trojans' Pac-12 Championship Game defeat to Stanford.

Caleb Wilson originally committed to Old Dominion coming out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, with the intention of playing quarterback for the Monarchs. He was the No. 78 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

Wilson then had a change of heart and headed to USC, saying, "[It's] close to home, I'll be able to play with my father and some fellow Serra guys," per Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times.

Following his father's firing, rumors began swirling about Wilson regarding whether or not he was considering leaving USC. The Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reported Jan. 15 he was going to Old Dominion. In December, Wilson confirmed USC had granted him a release, per TrojanSports.com:

I've gotten my release from USC, but Coach (Clay) Helton is allowing me to be a part of the team, and he wants me back on the team next year, to be a part of this team. But because of my dad's departure from the team, my financial situation, tuition has changed. So I just want to explore my options to see if I have scholarship opportunities elsewhere. (Helton) is allowing me to venture out and talk to other schools, but he's giving me an opportunity to be a part of the bowl game experience and be a part of the team. So, as of now, I'm still part of this team, but I'm just communicating with other schools to see if I have a scholarship opportunity.

Wilson revealed in an Instagram post he received a redshirt for the 2015 season, so if the NCAA forces him to sit out a season after his transfer, he'd be a sophomore when he can first step on the field for the Bruins.

Despite his past experience at quarterback, tight end will likely be Wilson's position at UCLA. Josh Rosen, who looked good as a true freshman quarterback in 2015, is firmly entrenched as the starter. Barring injury, Rosen won't be unseated anytime soon.

The team's future at tight end isn't as concrete, especially after Chris Clark left the school last September. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Clark was the No. 2 tight end in the 2015 recruiting class.

Wilson may not factor into UCLA's plans immediately upon the moment he's available to play, but he has a much better chance of seeing the field down the line with the Bruins than he would have had with USC.

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