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Spencer Rattler Enters Transfer Portal: His 5 Most Likely Landing Spots

On Monday, Spencer Rattler announced he would transfer from Oklahoma. Where will Spencer Rattler transfer? A look at his five most likely landing spots
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Spencer Rattler Enters Transfer Portal: His 5 Most Likely Landing Spots

When Spencer Rattler arrived on campus at Oklahoma, it seemed as though we had found the next great Oklahoma QB. Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts had all had great success under head coach Lincoln Riley. Rattler fit a similar dual-threat QB mold and was assumed to be the next great OU QB.

But, a lackluster freshman season followed by an even worse sophomore year led to Rattler being benched this year for freshman Caleb Williams.

Ever since his benching, there have been tons of rumors surrounding a potential transfer for the former 5-star recruit. That all came to a head on Sunday night when Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced he is leaving to take the head coaching job at USC.

Less than 24 hours later, Rattler officially announced what most had already assumed, he would be putting his name in the transfer portal this upcoming offseason.

So we know Rattler is leaving, but where will Spencer Rattler play next? Let’s take a look at the five most likely places Spencer Rattler could end up next.

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Top 5 Most Likely Transfer Destinations for Spencer Rattler

5. Liberty

Liberty is No. 5 on this list because I don’t necessarily think Rattler is at a point in his career where he needs to team up with Hugh Freeze to salvage his pro potential, but it has been a popular transfer destination for former top recruits. Just look what Freeze has done with former Auburn QB Malik Willis. Willis wasn’t even close to the type of recruit that Rattler was coming out of high school and now Willis is considered a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If Rattler wanted to take some time away from the spotlight to focus on himself as a person and a player, Liberty may be just the spot. However, based on what we’ve seen from Rattler, that doesn’t seem like his style. I expect him to try and land at a Power 5 school.

4. Nebraska

Scott Frost needs to make a splash if he’s going to save his career in Lincoln. Spencer Rattler needs to turn his career around now if he’s going to be a top NFL prospect. This could be a match made in heaven. Adrian Martinez could return for the 2022 season, but it’s hard for me to picture a scenario when Frost turns his nose at a Rattler recruitment for another shot with Martinez. Frost is known as one of the best offensive minds in the sport. If he could turn Rattler into a top-end college QB he may save his job and prove that it was Martinez and the players around him that held him back in his first few years back at Nebraska.

3. Arizona

Now we’re getting into schools that offered Rattler out of high school. Rattler is an Arizona native, one of the best QB recruits to come out of the state in recent memory and may be looking for a hometown reunion to get right. Rattler had 14 offers coming out of Pinnacle high school in Phoenix Arizona and Arizona was one of the final schools he cut from his list. The bad news surrounding a potential transfer to become a Wildcat is that Arizona is terrible, so it would likely take some convincing. The only reason I think this makes sense is similar to why I think heading to Liberty may make some sense. This will take Rattler out of the spotlight and allow him to develop. But, unlike Liberty, Arizona is a Power 5 school that faces top-tier talent throughout the season.

2. TCU

This one is No. 2 on my list because it’s the one that I want to see happen most, not because there is necessarily any connection to draw. The Sonny Dykes era at TCU is about to get underway and what better way to get it started than with an immediate upgrade at QB. Being as nice as I possibly can to describe him as a player, Max Duggan is just not good at football. Is Rattler good? We don’t really know, but his ceiling is roughly 100 times higher than Duggan’s. Seeing Rattler come into TCU and take over a new offensive system, one that has been proven to be QB-friendly in the past, could be just the thing Rattler needs to boost his NFL Draft stock. Not to mention, he gets to play Oklahoma as part of the Big 12, and the opportunity for revenge is known to inspire.

1. Arizona State

If I was able to bet on where Spencer Rattler would play next, I’d put all my chips on Arizona State. But, it’s complexly dependant on Jayden Daniels entering the NFL Draft. If Daniels decides to come back to ASU for his fourth season, forget it. Not that Daniels has been spectacular, but I just don’t think they would force a former elite recruit out for another unproven elite recruit. Rattler grew up just a few miles from Tempe and has ASU listed as one of his final remaining choices when he signed out of high school. This move gets Rattler back on the West coast, into an offense he can learn in and under the tutelage of former NFL head coach Herm Edwards. Not to mention, he gets a shot at revenge against USC and Riley as a member of the Pac-12.


Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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