By: Skyler Meikrantz
Now sitting behind Caleb Williams on the depth chart at Oklahoma University, Spencer Rattler is likely to enter the transfer portal. Most speculate he’ll stay on the west coast, so the top guesses for that is Texas and Arizona State; however I think Rattler should at least look at some SEC schools, Ole Miss being the one I’m thinking of. Any of these could end up being a great mesh for the wayward QB, saving his career.
Texas is a pretty obvious choice as a favorite, pettiness aside. This University is still a big brand able to get big recruits, but the main draw for Rattler would be Head Coach Steve Sarkisian or “Sark” as he’s well-known by. Sarkisian has been one of the top quarterback whispers in the country during his time at Alabama and a great play-caller to boot. The absolute magic he worked on Mac Jones is up there with the feat of what LSU offensive coordinator Joe Brady did for then LSU QB, Joe Burrow. Rattler isn’t going to find this quality of coaching much other places.
One place Rattler could find this kind of coaching is by going back home to Arizona, where he became a state legend, becoming the first Arizona high school quarterback to pass for 11,000 yards. Rattler’s old quarterback coach, Mike Giovando, operates in Phoenix, Arizona, and depending on what the draft-eligible Jayden Daniels does, this could be a match made for the story books. Running a more conservative style offense based on the run game and not asking the quarterback to run it himself much with deep shots sprinkled in Rattler could thrive here; the main factor is if Jayden Daniels declares for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Now Ole Miss does have a quarterback guaranteed to declare, Matt Corral. This may be a long shot, but I feel if Rattler really wants to become the number one guy in his draft class again, he’ll have to venture down south to the land of the SEC. Ole Miss has a high powered offensive attack predicated on one of the best run games in its conference; though Rattler may not be able to run like Corral he sure can throw that ball and do it well. Putting Rattler in this offense with a great coach like Lane Kiffin and duking it out with the best programs in college football could really save Rattler’s career.
There’s no doubt in my mind Rattler will be successful wherever he goes. Going back to review the tape, Rattler was pushed out of the pocket early and often. Rattler isn’t the dual threat that Caleb Williams is, kind of hard to throw when every edge rusher you play against ends up looking like Myles Garrett against your offensive line. Rattler isn’t without his own faults; he does force the ball into coverage and can throw behind receivers; but his raw talent is still there. The flick of the wrist deep balls, the absolute zip he can put on the ball, and ability to go through progressions. This is why I’m unrattled by the benching and loss of his starting role at Oklahoma.