There’s no denying that the transfer portal has changed college football over the last couple of seasons, as college athletics is going through a major overhaul with NIL, the portal, etc. Another major example of that was former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, who entered the season as the presumptive favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and be the #1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Rattler was benched during the annual Oklahoma-Texas showdown, and outside a brief stint against Baylor, didn’t play much the rest of the way, as freshman QB Caleb Williams guided the Sooners to a 10-2 record, and a berth in the Alamo Bowl. After the season concluded, Rattler announced he was entering the transfer portal, after losing his starting job, and his head coach Lincoln Riely left Norman for Los Angeles, to try and revive the USC program. After roughly 3 weeks of speculation of where Rattler would land, we got that answer last night, as he announced he will be transferring to play at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are currently 6-6 and will compete in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against North Carolina, on Thursday, December 30th in Charlotte. Shane Beamer more than exceeded expectations entering the season, and with the transfer of Rattler, the Gamecocks could be in store for a big season in 2022.
Richard Johnson from the SEC Network, joined Wilson & Norfleet earlier this morning, and when asked about what attracted Rattler to Columbia, Richard replied:
If he has eyes on getting to the next level (NFL), and getting to the next level quickly, one decent year in 2022 at South Carolina, against the likes of Georgia, against the likes of Clemson, against some of the teams South Carolina will play next season, will be a rocket booster pack for him.