As a teenager, Spencer Rattler appeared in a Netflix reality show called “QB1: Beyond the Lights” that documented ballyhooed high school quarterbacks.
Rattler could have staged a reality drama of a different sort this winter. Think of it as a “Bachelor” spin-off in which a coveted college quarterback in the transfer portal engages suitors before issuing a rose to one lucky coach.
That’s, in essence, how Rattler described the pursuit for his services after he announced in late November that he was departing Oklahoma.
“Almost every school around the country contacted me and my family,” Rattler said Wednesday during his first news conference at South Carolina, his new home. “A lot of different schools, a lot of different coaches flying out to visit me in Arizona, just to talk.”
All that was missing was the documentary crew.
The Phoenix native chose a reunion with Shane Beamer, a former Sooners assistant entering his second season as South Carolina’s coach.
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Rattler is the poster child for the modern-day SEC quarterback in that he’s a transfer in line to start at his new school.
New South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler speaks with local media.
In another sign of the times, Rattler’s arrival at South Carolina was met by his receiving a new Chevrolet Silverado from a local dealership in an endorsement deal.
This is not your grandfather’s brand of amateur athletics.
As many as six transfer quarterbacks could earn starting jobs within the nation’s premier conference.
Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker and Kentucky’s Will Levis are transfers who are returning starters. Transfers Zach Calzada and T.J. Finley headline Auburn’s competition. Ole Miss plucked Jaxson Dart from Southern Cal to be its starter. At Texas A&M, LSU transfer Max Johnson will aim to supplant…