Will South Carolina football reach another level after securing Spencer Rattler from the transfer portal?
If you thought the quarterback transfer news was finished after Quinn Ewers left Ohio State for Texas, you were mistaken. On Monday night, in the midst of the Arizona Cardinals-Los Angeles Rams game, quarterback Spencer Rattler announced that he was transferring from Oklahoma to an SEC program — the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Landing a five-star quarterback recruit is always a huge get for any program. But will Rattler help take the Gamecocks to the next level?
Will Spencer Rattler take South Carolina to next level?
If Rattler can play at a high level like he did during the 2020 season, then the Gamecocks should be able to take a leap in the SEC.
Rattler is joining a familiar face in South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer, During Rattler’s first two years with the Sooners (2019-20), Beamer was the program’s associate head coach under Lincoln Riley. Not only that, but ex-Sooners tight end Austin Stogner will be joining Rattler in Columbia, which will definitely help in the chemistry department.
In his first full season as Sooners starter in 2020, Rattler completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,301 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
But, there is reason to worry for Rattler. He is coming off a bad season that led to his benching and Caleb Williams gaining the starting quarterback job for the remainder of the year. Not only that, but he is joining the SEC and its East Division, which features the likes of the Georgia Bulldogs and Kentucky Wildcats.
The Gamecocks are coming off a year where the quarterback play was less than stellar. Rattler immediately upgrades the position for South Carolina, as they look to finish better than a 6-6 record next year.