Elite 2019 QB prospect Spencer Rattler staying connected with Arizona State staff

Arizona State became seriously involved with the recruitment of one of the state's top 2019 quarterbacks under a different offensive staff last year, but it remains connected even now.

Phoenix Pinnacle sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler has a half dozen FBS scholarship offers and hasn't even been in high school for much more than a year. 

Arizona State offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-1 175 pound two-sport athlete -- Rattler is a varsity guard for the basketball team as well -- last November, and UCLA immediately followed suit. 

At the time, the Sun Devils' offensive coordinator was Mike Norvell. But Norvell subsequently took the head coaching job at Memphis a month later. The Sun Devils remain aggressively courting Rattler though, and there's been no gap in the relationship between the player and the program.

"I'm really close with Chip Lindsey," Rattler said. "My family and him met a while back and he's a really cool guy. We've kept in contact and everything and I think that relationships are a big part of the decision so that's something I'm going to be really thinking about." 

Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma and Texas A&M have also offered a scholarship according to Rattler, and BYU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State are also recruiting him in addition to other programs. 

"It's a blessing, of course, all that attention," Rattler said. "I just have to keep a level head and focus on what I'm doing. I'm not going to be committing any time soon.

"I kind of want to go to a pro-style offense, just so I can prepare for the next level. But we'll see throughout these next couple years."


Last Friday, Pinnacle dropped to 1-2 with a 31-16 loss to Chandler in a game that was closely contested well into the second half. It was a matchup between two of the state's top sophomore quarterbacks, as Chandler's Jacob Conover is starting to generate a local buzz in his own right. 

"I thought we played really well through the first half," Rattler said. "The beginning of the second half we got kind of conservative. Our defense played well. They just scored some points on us the end of the game and it is what it is.

"I like how we're playing all the tough teams early so we know how they are when we play them (in the playoffs). Our region is a little easier than our first four games. So we're just going to keep working and getting better."

As a freshman starter on varsity, Rattler had 2,381 passing yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. An athletic weapon from the position, Rattler has had a number of big runs already through three games this season, with 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns. 

"My running game got a lot better for sure," Rattler said. "Just getting my teammates involved, all of them, and commanding the the offense. I would say those are the things I've gotten better at."

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