Notre Dame took another step in its search for quarterback talent yesterday when the Irish offered Phoenix (Arizona) Pinnacle sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound signal caller is a two-year starter and has posted 5,724 yards passing for 48 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, while adding 651 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
Notre Dame was his third Power 5 offer to arrive in the past month, following Tennessee and Alabama. Those programs joined an already crowded list.
“Of course, it’s a great offer, great tradition, great program,” Rattler said. “I’m really looking forward to them and looking at what they have to offer throughout this season and next season.”
Rattler has been forming a top group among his 14 FBS offers.
“Oklahoma, Bama, Miami, UCLA, Notre Dame, Tennessee, schools like that, those are big-time schools,” Rattler said. “USC would be another good one and I look forward to it.”
The four-star signal caller received the offer from an Irish staff member who certainly knows what it’s like to be in Rattler’s position.
“They called my QB coach Mike Giovando and told him that I need to call coach (Tom) Rees,” Rattler said. “My QB coach texted me and said, ‘call them. I think they’re going to offer.’ So, I called coach Rees and he said, ‘I know you’re busy and you have spring ball, but I want you to know you have a full ride to Notre Dame.’ It was just like that.”
The Irish offer should get serious consideration.
“You have to be interested with a school like that,” Rattler said. “At least put them in the top of your list. I’m just taking everything in right now, step-by-step. I’m just having fun right now.”
With offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and Utah, Rattler is having a tough time planning the abundance of visits ahead of him.
“The coaches really want me to get out there, but I’m not sure if can make it,” Rattler said. “I’m going to try to get up there this summer. I’ll try. I’m going to Oklahoma in June and I’ll probably go to Alabama right after that. In July, I’m going to USC and UCLA.”
Given Rattler is still working on finishing his sophomore year, a commitment timeline is the least of his worries. The quarterback has a general idea, but not a specific date.
“I’m thinking maybe right after this season, or a little before my senior season, something like that,” Rattler said. “That’s what I’m thinking. We’ll see.”
Rattler’s father was thrilled to find out his son was offered by the Irish.
“When he heard about the ND offer, he said, ‘Wow, we might have to try and get out there this summer,’” Rattler said. “My dad is a huge SEC fan, but he's not sure if he wants me facing those defenses every week.”