South Carolina football fans are very familiar with the Reese's Senior Bowl. Gamecocks head to Mobile every season and show out in front of scouts and other NFL personnel. Last year, cornerback Darius Rush and defensive tackle Zacch Pickens won the defensive back MVP and defensive lineman MVP at the Senior Bowl. Turning heads is what the South Carolina Gamecocks do in Mobile.
At the 2024 Senior Bowl, wide receiver Xavier Legette has had a nice showing (especially on Thursday) as he has shown the world that the speed and go-get-it ability that he showed as one of the best receivers to ever play in Columbia can translate to the next level. ESPN's Louis Riddick took notice.
However, as good as Legette has been, it has been the other South Carolina football standout who has wowed everyone in attendance.
Quarterback Spencer Rattler has been the best quarterback in attendance, and according to many who have watched #7 (wearing #2 at the Senior Bowl), the talented right arm of Rattler has been head and shoulders above the rest. According to Bleacher Report's Ray G, even when trying to watch Michael Penix and Bo Nix as the top passers at the showcase, it was Rattler who stood out above the rest.
FWAA's Kyron Samuels has rated Rattler as the best quarterback at the Senior Bowl "hands down."
CBS Sports' Brandon Howard says that Rattler should pass Bo Nix on NFL Draft boards.
The Draft Network's Damian Parson put Rattler at the top of his list of "Biggest Winners" so far in Mobile.
The common theme revolving around the South Carolina football star is this: Spencer Rattler is really good, and NFL teams are realizing that the narratives surrounding the Gamecock gunslinger largely were unfounded. He has dominated on the field, impressed in his interviews, and risen up draft boards.
To paraphrase South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris, if NFL scouts like Spencer Rattler, they like him. If they don't, they'll pay the price.