Profile: Spencer Rattler
Location: Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle
Weight: 175 lbs.
Recruitment: Oklahoma beat out a long list of suitors for Rattler, who announced his decision shortly after taking an important visit to campus to meet with new head coach Lincoln Riley. The four-star prospect has maintained a low profile throughout his recruitment, taking a few visits and mostly staying away from the offseason camp circuit. Yet despite that relative obscurity, Rattler stockpiled more than a dozen offers and had drawn attention from all corners of the country.
Scouting Report: The thing that immediately pops out about Rattler on film is his ability to throw on the run, whether that's rolling to his right or left. He's very comfortable outside the pocket and making pinpoint passes off the wrong foot, which speaks to his athleticism and ability to keep his eyes on his targets down field while evading the rush. Rattler can extend plays with his legs and takes off when he has to, so although he's considered a very good passer that can air it out from the pocket, he's most certainly a threat to beat defenses through the ground. From a pure thrower standpoint, Rattler flashes a strong arm, good accuracy and tremendous pocket awareness, able to maintain balance and showing good timing. He passed for 2,900 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore last year and should continue to build on those numbers his next two years.
Overall Analysis: Mechanically, the rising junior is sound and consistent without much wasted movement so his style could be a perfect fit for what the Sooners hope to continue in their spread offense under Riley. Rattler can get the ball out quick and efficiently but, if nothing is there, has the athleticism to still hurt defenses. He's also a standout basketball player that loves to distribute the ball and has been performing at a high level despite facing older competition for a couple years now, so he's just scratching the surface of his potential. From a geographic standpoint, it's a major coup for Oklahoma to go into Arizona and land an exciting quarterback prospect this early in the process. This commitment won't dissuade other programs from continuing their pursuit of Rattler, but given his low-key demeanor and personality, we'd expect him to shut things down moving forward and turn his attention to recruiting for the Sooners.