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Caleb Williams posts message on Instagram while declaring for 2024 NFL draft

Caleb Williams waited until the final day to declare for the 2024 NFL draft and then USC QB has thrown his name into the class.

Williams, who won the Heisman in 2022, is considered a likely top pick in the draft. The Chicago Bears hold that selection and the question is whether the Bears would use it on Williams, someone else, or trade back as they did with the top choice in the 2023 draft.

Williams’ message:

Since I was 10, all I ever wanted to do was to play football.  From the 5:30 am breakfast club workouts to the long nights watching film, through every win and every hard loss, my love and passion for the game never wavered. The gratitude I feel for the opportunity to play this game grows every day.

But the journey would be empty without the people who have supported and loved me. To my teammates—my brothers—these last few years have been the most fun I have had playing the game. I will forever cherish the time we spent together. To my coaches and everyone else in the USC football ecosystem, thank you for your unmatched support and commitment to helping me and the entire team be the best we could be.

To my family, friends, and mentors: your love, your guidance, and your willingness to push me to reach my potential, not only as a football player but as a man, has led me to this day, and I am eternally thankful to each of you.

I want to thank Sooner Nation for embracing a kid who came to you from Washington D.C. I cherished my time at OU. To my Trojan family, it’s been an honor putting on the cardinal and gold these last two years. I hope I gave you as many good memories as you have given to me. No matter what lies ahead, I will Fight On forever and rep Hornsdown4Life.

I still have a lot to learn and I’m ready to do whatever it takes. As a kid, I said this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life, but I didn’t work this hard just to reach this point. I will continue my journey to make that little kid proud of the man I will be for many years to come.

I’m excited for the future, and I am officially declaring for the NFL Draft.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire