Pinnacle High School (Phoenix) Chosen 25 quarterback Spencer Rattler has never shied away from competition.
So when news broke Wednesday that former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was transferring to Oklahoma, the soon-to-be Sooner embraced the competition.
“I love it,” Rattler said in a direct message when asked about Hurts coming to Oklahoma. “Jalen is a great player and I’m excited to get to play with him.
“It’ll be great competition for sure.”
Hurts figures to be the starter next season with a resume that includes a 26-2 records as an Alabama starting quarterback, leading the Crimson Tide in two College Football Playoff championship games.
Rattler, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, who committed to Oklahoma before his junior season and signed with the Sooners on Dec. 19, won’t back away from competing, whether it is for the backup job or as a starter.
Oklahoma has had the last two Heisman trophy winners in quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Mayfield ended up starting most of his rookie NFL season with the Cleveland Browns. Murray this week declared for the NFL draft.
Rattler, the nation’s top-rated pro-style 2019 quarterback, threw two touchdown passes two weeks ago in the High School All-American Bowl in San Antonio, showing he is ready for major-college football.
He is the state’s all-time passing leader with 11,083 yards.
Hurts and Rattler will both be at the National Quarterback Club Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday at 5 p.m. at The Scottsdale Resort.