Spencer Rattler, top high school QB and Oklahoma commit, is ineligible for rest of season
Phoenix Pinnacle High School senior Spencer Rattler, a five-star prospect who two weeks ago became Arizona's first quarterback to surpass 11,000 passing yards in a high school football career, will not return to the field this season.
Mike Rattler, Spencer's father, told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday night that his son is ineligible for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, after violating a district code of conduct policy.
"We can't say anything more on that," said Mike Rattler in reference to what the violation entailed.
Pinnacle coach Dana Zupke would not comment on the situation. Calls and emails to school officials were not immediately returned.
Spencer Rattler, considered the top high school senior quarterback in the nation who was MVP of the Elite 11 at The Opening in Texas this summer, committed to Oklahoma before his junior season.
Mike Rattler said he and his son reached out to Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley to inform him of the situation. "There is nothing on his permanent record," Mike said. "We discussed everything with Coach Riley."
Mike Rattler also said he had Spencer address the Pinnacle team on Tuesday to apologize for his actions.
Last Thursday, when it was discovered that Spencer Rattler wouldn't be playing the next night in an ESPNU game against Scottsdale Chaparral, Rattler told The Arizona Republic he had a sprained MCL. He attended the Senior Night game and supported his teammates on the sideline.
"We met with the administration at the school," Mike Rattler said. "We discussed how we need to handle the situation. We were rushed for time. They advised us on what we could say and we came up with our own narrative, feeling we could get past it."
WORLD ALL-STAR BOWL: Pro Football Hall of Fame to host elite high school game in Mexico City
CHOSEN 25: USA TODAY's 2019 High School Football Player Rankings
SCOTTSDALE SAGUARO: Arizona HS power now has 7 D1 commits for 2019
TOM HERMAN: Texas coach made most of off week recruiting in his Bevocopter
Spencer Rattler practiced with the team last Wednesday evening. But on Thursday he didn't attend the morning walkthrough, and a source told The Arizona Republic that Rattler wouldn't be playing.
Rattler said it was his knee. Other sources indicated there was something more.
When The Arizona Republic reached out to Principal Chad Lanese via email on Friday afternoon, asking if there was a violation, he directed the inquiry to Paradise Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh.
Asked if there was a school violation, Kelbaugh responded via email: "Due to the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), PVSchools cannot provide any details about the student in question."
Rattler has been followed all season by a Netflix documentary film crew as one of the featured quarterbacks for the series, QB1.
Source: Read Full Article