Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler became one of hottest names on the market when he entered the transfer portal at the end of the Sooners' 2021 regular season.
On Monday, he announced his next step in college football.
— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) December 14, 2021
">his personal Twitter account, Rattler shared that he would be transferring to South Carolina. The Gamecocks were sorely in need of a new signal-caller and seem to have found one with the 2021 preseason Heisman favorite.
Rattler's year at Oklahoma went off the rails in the middle of this season, when his poor play led Lincoln Riley to bench him in favor of highly touted, dual-threat freshman Caleb Williams. Rattler didn't see significant action on the field after he was sidelined on Oct. 9 in the Red River Showdown against Texas.
Now he'll get the chance to become a Power-Five starter once again at South Carolina.
“Excited for the next chapter!” Rattler wrote.
South Carolina might seem like a slightly strange choice for Rattler, considering he's from Phoenix, Arizona. At one point, reports earlier this month connected him to Arizona State.
However, the Gamecocks will offer Rattler an opportunity to come in and play immediately. Three different quarterbacks (Luke Doty, Jason Brown and graduate assistant Zeb Noland) saw significant time at the position, but none impressed enough to grab hold of the job next year.
Nevertheless, the college football world was shocked to see Rattler's announcement on Monday.
Rattler will get the chance to re-unite with Shane Beamer, who fought through an up-and-down first year in Columbia to lead the Gamecocks to a 6-6 record. The two worked together at Oklahoma, where Beamer served as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach from 2018-20.
With a former five-star quarterback under center, South Carolina will be a team to watch in the SEC East next season.