- Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler plans to transfer
- Arizona State is the favorite to land Rattler
- A look at Rattler’s situation with analysis can be found below
Lincoln Riley is out the door at Oklahoma and Spencer Rattler has followed.
Rattler, the Sooners deposed starting quarterback, announced Monday he is transferring after three seasons in the program. The news came a day after Riley decided to leave after five seasons as head coach at Oklahoma for the same job at USC.
So where will Rattler land next? Considering he was a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy when the season began, Rattler should not lack for suitors.
Odds on Spencer Rattler’s Next School
Arizona State Favored
Arizona State is considered the favorite to land Rattler and geography plays a big part.
Rattler was born and raised in Phoenix and starred at Pinnacle High School before signing with Oklahoma. His 11,083 career passing yards are an Arizona state record and he also finished his four seasons with 116 touchdown passes, 1,040 rushing yards and 14 TDs on the ground.
Pinnacle QB Spencer Rattler ready to strike pic.twitter.com/ZKKPlOgoUb
— Richard Obert (@azc_obert) May 16, 2016
Rattler was considered the consensus No. 1 quarterback recruit in the high school class of 2019 and signed with Oklahoma on Dec. 18, 2019 one week after making an unofficial visit to campus.
Arizona State was 8-4 this year in the regular season and its quarterback is sophomore Jayden Daniels. However, the Sun Devils have been a disappointment after entering the year with the expectation of contending for the Pac-12 title.
Daniels has just 10 touchdown passes against nine interceptions while completing 66.4% of his passes for 2,221 yards. Rattler would be considered an upgrade, even though he was benched for the final six games of the season in favor of freshman Caleb Williams.
Something we can all agree on this morning is that @SpencerRattler handle this season with maturity & class!
Best of luck at your new destination Spencer https://t.co/qBTEZmrFnn
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 29, 2021
Rattler finished the season with a 75.0 completion percentage on 141-of-188 passing for 1,484 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions.
The schools with the best odds of landing Rattler after Arizona State are UCLA, Texas A&M and Mississippi. All make sense.
UCLA has former NFL head coach Chip Kelly running its program and Rattler may feel he is the right man to help his draft stock next fall. The Bruins also need a quarterback as Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to go pro following four seasons in Westwood.
UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson casually hurdling a defender for a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/c8b47Ys8qr
— 🟢 𝕁𝕠𝕙𝕟 𝕍𝕠𝕘𝕖𝕝 (@DraftVogel) November 21, 2021
Adding Rattler would give some juice in the Los Angeles media market to UCLA, which is 8-4. USC figures to continue to dominate the college football headlines in southern California following the hiring of Riley.
Texas A&M has not truly replaced four-year starting quarterback Kellen Mond this year. Haynes King started the year at QB but sustained a season-ending broken leg in the second game.
Sophomore Zach Calzada has completed just 56.3% of his attempts for 2,186 yards with 17 scores and nine picks. The Aggies finished the regular season at a disappointing 8-4.
While King could return to play in a bowl game, Rattler would seemingly step in as QB1 for coach Jimbo Fisher in the fall.
Some increased mobility from Texas A&M QB Haynes King with some pre-warm up catch: pic.twitter.com/dqI8vlSd3B
— 𝕋𝕣𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕤 𝕃. 𝔹𝕣𝕠𝕨𝕟 (@Travis_L_Brown) November 27, 2021
Another SEC program, Ole Miss, will be looking for a quarterback after Matt Corral announced last week that he plans to enter the NFL Draft. Like UCLA, the Rebels have an offensive-minded former NFL head coach in Lane Kiffin.
Reunion Highly Unlikely
The odds of USC luring Rattler to SoCal are long for a significant reason. While Riley was the man who recruited Rattler to Norman, he is also the coach who benched the Heisman hopeful during the win over Texas on Oct. 9.
Thus, it can be assumed Rattler does not feel loyalty toward Riley.
USC also has a promising young quarterback in freshman Jaxon Dart. He has appeared in five games for the Trojans this season and has a 61.3% completion rate, 1,162 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
— Ray G 🏁 (@RayGQue) November 29, 2021
It would also not be surprising to see five-star recruit Malachi Nelson, considered one of the best quarterbacks in the 2023 high school class, land at USC. He decommitted from Oklahoma just hours after news broke of Riley leaving.
Or Williams could follow his former coach to LA.