Moments after Arizona State Sun Devils coach Todd Graham stressed the importance of recruiting local talent, the Sun Devils began their pursuit for an interesting Arizona prospect.
Arizona State offered Phoenix Pinnacle High School freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler a scholarship on Monday, per Rattler's Twitter account.
Blessed to say I have recieved my 1st offer from ASU #godevils pic.twitter.com/b8PjQXXejD— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) November 10, 2015
The Sun Devils' offer stood as Rattler's only one for merely hours. Then the UCLA Bruins came knocking.
Blessed to receive my 2nd offer from UCLA #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/mkc04b3FAy— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) November 10, 2015
It's interesting Jim Mora and the Bruins began their pursuit for Rattler on the same day as the Sun Devils became the first team to offer. ASU likely has an edge on Rattler already, as high school recruits often give greater consideration to first offers. As long as Rattler continues to develop, we'll likely keep hearing about him as other schools around the nation will likely take notice sooner or later.
No rankings are available for Rattler because, well, he's only a freshman. Rattler is quickly garnering attention because he became Pinnacle High's varsity starter as a freshman and led the Pioneers to a 5-5 regular season record and an AIA playoff appearance. According to MaxPreps.com, Rattler has logged 2,381 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 games with a 56.2 completion percentage.
Rattler won't suit up for a college team until the 2019 season at the very earliest. If Rattler ends up attending ASU, he would arrive as Manny Wilkins, Bryce Perkins, Brady White and Dillon Sterling-Cole are in the late phases of their careers, and would have to compete against other quarterbacks ASU recruits in the next three years.
ASU has already made major strides in recruiting within Arizona in the past week after receiving commitments from five-star wide receiver N'Keal Harry and four-star athlete Chase Lucas — both seniors at Chandler High.
Here's Rattler's 2015 season highlights courtesy of MaxPreps.com: