Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams gets million-dollar offer to play at Eastern Michigan

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Recruiters could use the Ypsilanti Heritage Automotive Museum or city's proximity to Ann Arbor and Detroit to try and convince a five-star athlete to play for Eastern Michigan.

Or, in the age of name, image and likeness compensation, a person (of certain means) could use $1 million to convince a star athlete to be an Eagle.

Former EMU standout and Super Bowl champion Charlie Batch chose the latter Wednesday while trying to recruit Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams to Ypsi.

The verified Twitter account for Batch, who also played for the Detroit Lions, tagged the verified handle for Williams, who is transferring, asking if had thought about playing at EMU:

Batch said GameAbove Capital, an investment firm he works with, would pay Williams $1 million for one season with the Eagles. Williams led a 21-point comeback Oct. 9 against rival Texas last season and passed for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions once he took over as starter. He also rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns.

Oklahoma finished 11-2 (7-2 in the Big 12) and Williams threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns Dec. 29 in an Alamo Bowl win vs. Oregon.

But Williams, a freshman who was one of the top recruits in the 2021 class, announced his transfer in the wake of coach Lincoln Riley's departure to USC.

OU quarterback Caleb Williams (13) points downfield as Oregon safety Bennett Williams (15) chases him in the first half of the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday in San Antonio.
OU quarterback Caleb Williams (13) points downfield as Oregon safety Bennett Williams (15) chases him in the first half of the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday in San Antonio.

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He said in a statement he would consider returning to Norman, Oklahoma. He did not, however, list the Mid-American Conference as his dream home.

Batch, one of the best quarterbacks in EMU history 1994-97, is hoping to change that with a couple commas. He threw for 7,592 yards as an Eagle and ended his career as the leader in single-season passing yards and touchdowns and career passing yards and touchdowns (many of those records have since been broken). The Lions drafted Batch in the second round in 1998 and started for a couple seasons before winning Super Bowl XL at Ford Field as a backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Charlie Batch was a record-setting quarterback at EMU before playing for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Charlie Batch was a record-setting quarterback at EMU before playing for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.

It's not just money that may attract Williams. EMU football is experiencing about as much success as it ever has, winning six or more games in three of the past four years — something that hasn't been done since the late 1980s. The Eagles have reached four bowl games in the last six years. It may not sound like much but this is a program that averaged about four wins a season between 1990 and 2013, the last year before head coach Chris Creighton took over.

According to the CapStone Holdings website, Batch serves as senior vice president of strategic investments for the firm. CapStone is the parent company for GameAbove.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Charlie Batch offers Caleb Williams $1M to play for Eastern Michigan