November 30, 2021

5 Best Landing Spots for Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler, Ranked

Spencer Rattler entered the 2021 season as the Heisman Trophy favorite, and one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft

Things quickly went south for Rattler and Oklahoma as the offense could not get going and there was a growing sense of impatience with the incumbent QB, especially with a top recruit in Caleb Williams in his shadow. 

After getting benched against Texas for Williams, Rattler hardly saw the field again for the Sooners and officially entered the transfer portal after Oklahoma's latest loss to Oklahoma State.

Rattler entering the transfer portal after his benching was inevitable, but now the question becomes, where will he go?

Well, we have ranked the five most likely spots for the former Heisman favorite to end up. The rankings are a combination of best fit, as well as where he will likely end up. 

5. USC Trojans

Let's just get this one out of the way. 

If I had to guess, I am going to assume that Rattler is not that big of a Lincoln Riley fan after he benched him. Could he possibly follow the coach that recruited him? Sure, but I would not count on it.

However, USC is not going to become awesome overnight, and Rattler needs a place to shine for a season before he heads to the NFL. It makes sense on paper, but the relationship is probably fractured beyond repair at this point. 

If Rattler were to transfer to USC, it would be a win-win situation for both sides, so that is why I give USC a slim chance at landing the former Heisman favorite. 

4. Oregon Ducks

Oregon was very close to becoming a playoff team this season after taking down the Buckeyes in Columbus. The problem is, they completely fell apart after that game. While they are still in the Pac-12 Championship, the Ducks' 2021 season has been a disappointment. 

Graduate transfer Anthony Brown has been solid, but he is not good enough to win a national title. Rattler would fit in well behind a strong offensive line and a program that is a traditional powerhouse on offense. Even though Oregon will lose their two best players to the draft this season, the Ducks are a very strong team, and Rattler would fit like a glove in Eugene. 

3. LSU Tigers

The quarterback room is not horrible for the Tigers, but Rattler would be an immediate upgrade over Garrett Nussmeier or Max Johnson. With Brian Kelly on his way to replace Coach O, he needs a playmaker on offense to make a good first impression in his first season with the Tigers. 

Kelly is taking a massive gamble by going to a team that just is not as talented as his old squad, and the expectations are much higher. Rattler is not good enough to win a national championship by himself, but he could turn LSU into an 8-to-10 win team, which would be a good start for Kelly. 

Rattler probably is not looking for the best team, he is looking for the best situation to improve his draft stock. With LSU currently holding the 15th ranked recruiting class for 2022, Rattler would be walking into a pretty good situation. 

2. Ole Miss Rebels

We all saw what Lane Kiffin did for Matt Corral, so why couldn't he do it with Rattler? Not only would Rattler be the focal point of the team, but he would be able to learn from one of college football's greatest offensive minds. 

In only two seasons, Kiffin has turned Ole Miss into an offensive powerhouse, as well as one of the top programs in the country. The offense scores a lot of points, they are fun to watch, and Kiffin has turned Corral into a Heisman Trophy candidate as well as a likely first-round pick. What more does Rattler need?

Obviously, Kiffin's name has come up for a couple of higher-profile coaching jobs, so there is no guarantee that the Lane-Train is staying in Oxford. But if he is, Rattler and Kiffin would be a wonderful combination that could make some serious noise in 2022. 

1. Arizona State Sun Devils

If I were Rattler, I probably would have already started packing and heading to Ole Miss, but he will probably choose the Sun Devils when it is all said and done. Rattler would be given the chance to turn around a program in his home state, and he would be able to learn how to carry himself as an NFL prospect under Herm Edwards. 

Arizona State is not a top-tier program, but they play in a weak conference, and they have done a nice job developing NFL players under Edwards. The problem is that Arizona State currently has the 95th ranked recruiting class for 2022, and a quarterback in Jayden Daniels who has flashed potential. 

Personally, Arizona State would not be on my list of potential schools if I were Rattler, but it is the most likely landing spot. 

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