‘We have free agency in college football’: Huskers ride QB carousel part of sport’s new reality | Recruitment

If this version of the house and home between Nebraska and Oklahoma had taken place in 1971 – or, heck, maybe 2011 – it’s possible Martinez and Rattler, who both had remaining eligibility and neither of them proved to be a no-no – arguably the NFL’s top draft pick, would have faced each other again in the second round.

Instead, Martinez is in Kansas State and Rattler is in South Carolina. Nebraska recruited Brennan and Slovis, but ultimately landed happily on Thompson as a veteran flagger for 2022. Oklahoma, meanwhile, benched Rattler for rookie Caleb Williams during the season this fall, only to see Rattler’s transfer, head coach Lincoln Riley bolt for USC and then Williams are also transferred.

The same day Williams reached the gate, OU’s new coaching staff fired Gabriel from UCLA, where he had just committed and was scheduled to start classes.

From USC, Slovis chose Pittsburgh over Nebraska and others, leaving Dart as heir apparent to the job until Williams entered the portal. Williams on Saturday afternoon hasn’t even announced his engagement yet, but his relationship with Riley was likely one of the factors that led Dart to enter the transfer portal last week.

Now the showdown between Nebraska and the Sooners is for Purdy, a young quarterback who likely knows he’s not going to step straight into a starting job. He visited Oklahoma with his family midweek, is at Lincoln this weekend and could be in class at either school as the second transfer quarterback by Tuesday. The Sooners are also on the hunt for Dart, who could eventually end up swapping places with Williams.

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