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Spencer Rattler's father addresses Arizona State rumors, why quarterback decided on South Carolina

Barkley Truax02/19/22
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Spencer Rattler reveals what jersey number will be at South Carolina Oklahoma Sooners transfer
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South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler‘s father, Michael, clarified reports that his son was interested on furthering his college football career at Arizona State. Despite being close to home, this wasn’t the case, Michael Rattler confirmed.

ESPN college football host Matt Barrie stated in a quote tweet regarding a now-deleted tweet that Arizona State football’s locker room has never been lighter and happier, and once a player leaves, so does a parent.

“There’s more to it. Follow the [money],” Berrie wrote in the thread filled with bickering Sun Devil fans. Those fans called Barrie out for spreading misinformation, of which he replied, “Rattler and his camp were asking for too much. ASU passed. Find me where I gave misinformation. I believe I said: Spencer Rattler will not attend ASU? Was I wrong?”

Michael Rattler had a response of his own on whether or not his son planned to attend his home-state school.

“Matt you have been lying about this situation the whole time. The ASU coaching staff contacted us when they thought Jaden was going to declare for the draft. When Jaden changed his mind we advised them we were not interested. Simple as that! No need to manufacture drama!” Michael Rattler tweeted.

Barrie responded, noting that he’s not manufacturing drama. We are in the name, image and likeness era in college football and no one faults anyone for asking for money at this point. Barriess said he knows there was interest between the two parties, but Spencer Rattler ended up in “a great situation in Columbia. It’s a win for you, Spencer, and the Gamecocks.”

“ASU did not offer anything and we did not ask for anything. When you imply otherwise it is being irresponsible!” Rattler’s father wrote in response. Growing up only nine miles from the ASU campus, Rattler was recruited by the Sun Devils, but there was never much interest on the other side.

Rattler, a redshirt sophomore last season who was in his second year as the Oklahoma starter, had a disappointing year with the Sooners. He was first benched and replaced by Caleb Williams against Texas, with the Sooners down 35-17 with 6:36 left in the first half. Riley made the change after a Rattler fumble, his second turnover of the Red River Showdown. He finished the season with 1,483 passing yards for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Rattler was a consensus five-star recruit and the No. 1 quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class. He served as the backup to Jalen Hurts his freshman season, before taking over as starter in 2020, then being benched in 2021.