In a development that should surprise none who have followed his progress as a high school quarterback, 2019 Oklahoma Sooners QB commit Spencer Rattler was invited to the The Opening after being arguably the most impressive performer at this past weekend’s Elite 11 Finals. Here’s what Barton Simmons of 247Sports had to say about Rattler:
247Sports’ top performer of the weekend, Rattler is the new-age quarterback that can extend plays with his legs, but is a crisp, accurate, productive passer through the air. He’s a Lincoln Riley prototype and is committed to Oklahoma. 247Sports Composite Pro-Style Ranking: 1.
Rattler is currently listed as the No. 1 pro-style QB in the 2019 class, and the high billing is justified. Although he may be a bit slight of build at the moment, his arm strength, mobility and quick release make him a perfect fit for Lincoln Riley’s offense at Oklahoma.
Riley’s offense has caught the eye of the NFL since at least the beginning of his first season at the helm of OU football, with folks from pretty much every franchise attempting to pick his brain in recent months. That fact — as well as the scheme in and of itself —impresses the talented signal caller.
“It’s crazy because you see the numbers OU puts up, so that was a big (part) of my choice, because I know they like to put it in the air,” Rattler told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott. “They do some run game, too, but they’re a mainly Air Raid offense. They generated the most down-the-field passes last year. It’s just good knowing that I’m going to a program like that with coaches like that and players like that. It’s perfect.”
As far as his future is concerned, Rattler seems to have everything figured out. Well... almost everything.
At this past weekend’s event, Elliott (with a bit of background info from yours truly) broke the news of OU wide receiver CeeDee Lamb switching his number to 2 this offseason. That number, of course, is the one Rattler wears at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix.
“Oh, he did? Ahh damn!”. When asked if he wanted the number, he replied, “I want 2, yeah. CeeDee, let me get that!”. If he has to pick a different number, he mentioned 7 as the leading candidate. Luckily, that one isn’t taken by an offensive player as of this moment.
While that issue may still be up in the air, he’s at peace with his decision to join forces with Riley.
“So genuine, just such a real person,” Rattler said of his future coach. “I feel like he fits in with the younger kids, too, for sure — especially college kids. He’s the youngest head coach in college right now, so he definitely has that factor about him that kid of gets you going. He’s just such a great guy, such a great coach. Everything he does is just perfect for me.” Note: Kent State’s Sean Lewis, 31, became the youngest FBS head coach back in December, stealing the title from Lincoln Riley. We’ll give Spencer a pass on that one.
Rattler is also comfortable with the other aspects of his decision.
“Oklahoma’s just such a big school – a perfect fit for me. Of course I love putting on for the Oklahoma coaches, fans and everyone out there.”
The record-setting high school QB has been to Norman on multiple occasions, but he wasn’t able to be with many of his fellow 2019 commits at the spring game, when many of said commits (and big-time targets) took official visits. However, he plans on coming back to town more than once before enrolling in school.
“I’ll probably be up there in the summer sometime.” Additionally, he stated that he thought he’d likely take his official visit during the weekend of the Oklahoma State game on Nov. 10.
As far as recruiting is concerned, Rattler seems to have one primary focus. “I’d say for running back we want Noah Cain for sure”, he said of the No. 2 back in the 2019 class.
“We want Noah real bad right now”.
Cain is perhaps considered a bigger lean to Texas, Ohio State or LSU, but OU has always sort of hung around in that race. I don’t picture him ending up at OU, but perhaps we shouldn’t close the book on that one just yet. After all, I’m not one to doubt Spencer Rattler.
As mentioned earlier, Rattler will be at the The Opening Finals, which take place June 30-July 3 at the The Star in Frisco, Texas. He’ll be joined by fellow OU commits Trejan Brides, Arjei Henderson, Jase McClellan (2020), Austin Stogner and Theo Wease as well as a number of targets. We can certainly expect plenty of updates from Elliott and SB Nation Recruiting during that time.