A former top high school recruit and now former Sooner, Spencer Rattler, will be transferring to South Carolina to play for the Gamecocks next fall.
Rattler was an early favorite to win this year’s Heisman Trophy, but ultimately lost his starting spot to true freshman Caleb Williams.
In 23 games of play, Rattler posted 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, but it was not the type of performance Oklahomans sought for after landing the nations top QB recruit.
South Carolina may come off as somewhat of a surprise to most, considering that there were multiple larger schools in consideration. Realistically, two major factors played a part in Rattler’s decision, and both happen to be former members of the Oklahoma coaching staff. Former head coach of the Sooners, Lincoln Riley, had just transferred to USC. Rattler now has to take into account that the coach that recruited him will no longer be in his locker room.
Head coach of South Carolina, Shane Beamer, was an assistant coach at Oklahoma not too long ago, and the transfer portal is heavily reliant on connections. In this shocker of a move, one can only assume that coach Beamer’s former position played a heavy part in Rattler’s recruitment.
Coming out of highschool, Rattler was a highly touted recruit with Rivals ranking him as the No.1 QB prospect and the No.13 overall prospect in 2019. Despite all this, Rattler’s persona and sometimes selfish antics on and off the field are ultimately what cost him his starting role.
What the former high school phenom desperately needs is a fresh start, reason being is the fact that this kid can flat out ball. Rattler is in a prime position to change his image in the NCAA as he is heading to a 6-6 Gamecocks football team that is in desperate need of a turn around.