Cameron Rising, a 4-star quarterback from California, committed to Texas on Saturday. He had previously been committed to Oklahoma. (Photo by 247Sports)

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Commitment 101: Cameron Rising, quarterback

Posted April 23rd, 2017

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Story highlights
  • Texas picked up its fourth pledge of the 2018 class when the Longhorns flipped four-star QB Cameron Rising.
  • Two of Texas' four commitments in the 2018 class are four-star quarterbacks from out-of-state.
  • Rising is currently the second-highest rated player in Texas' 2018 class.

Tom Herman’s first victory over Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners was on the recruiting trail. Texas flipped four-star quarterback Cameron Rising of Newbury Park (Calif.), giving Texas two four-star quarterback prospects in the 2018 class.

Texas also holds a pledge from four-star Casey Thompson, an OU legacy who plays prep football at Southmoore in Oklahoma. Herman’s program now holds four commitments in 2018. Florida wide receiver Justin Watkins was the first commit and Byron Hobbs, an outside linebacker, committed in early April and is the only in-state player committed to Texas.

Rising becomes the second-highest rated recruit in Texas’ 2018 class, behind only Watkins, who ranks No. 41 nationally, per 247Sports Composite. Rising is the No. 134 ranked prospect on that list. We breakdown Rising’s game and impact on the program below.

Skillset: Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck tend to favor dual-threat quarterbacks. Rising isn’t a statue in the pocket, but he isn’t the type of runner that Thompson is once he reaches the open field. Thompson is the type of quarterback an offensive coordinator can build a running game around. Rising is the type of quarterback who uses his legs to buy extra time in the pocket or pick up yardage when no passing option is open. That doesn’t mean Rising can’t be an effective runner in college. He averages nearly 10 yards per carry in high school.

Rising arrived on the scene as a sophomore. He threw for 3,213 yards and 40 touchdowns to just one interception, adding 756 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He was on pace for another productive season as a junior, but a shoulder injury limited him to five games. In those five games, Rising passed for 1,349 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also ran for 390 yards and four touchdowns.

Rising’s greatest strength is throwing the football and that’s why he’s ranked the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the nation, per 247Sports Composite. Rising excels with deep passes and has the arm strength to throw every route on the passing tree. He throws well on the run and exhibits a strong understanding of timing and touch.

Immediate impact: Rising makes an impact before stepping on campus. Texas secured a commitment from Thompson, an OU legacy, and then nine days later flipped Stoops’ preferred quarterback-of-the-future. Texas needs quarterback depth quickly with only two scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster. Rising and Thompson, if both stay committed through national signing day, will arrive on campus with Shane Buechele entering his junior season and Sam Ehlinger as a sophomore. It’s hard to expect Rising to arrive on campus and make much of an immediate impact, but it should allow the Longhorns to redshirt either Thompson or Rising, maybe even both, to create more depth and separation between its scholarship quarterbacks entering the 2018 and 2019 season.

Fitting into the program: Rising isn’t the typical dual-threat most fans would equate with Ohio State offenses or even Greg Ward Jr. during Herman’s time at Houston. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound four-star prospect held an offer from Houston, so it is clear Herman feels Rising is capable of leading Texas’ version of offense. Rising, along with Thompson, should start recruiting the 2018 class. The hope is one, or both, become leaders before stepping foot on campus. Rising possesses all the necessary traits for college success in college and his flip from Oklahoma shouldn’t be minimized.

Recruiting at the position: Texas should be done recruiting the quarterback position in the 2018 class. The goal for the Longhorns is to keep both four-star recruits committed through national signing day. Thompson and Rising are national top 200 players and recruiting classes tend to rally around highly-ranked quarterbacks. Texas now has two and the focus at the position moves to the 2019 class and Port Neches-Groves dual-threat quarterback, Roschon Johnson. He’s the only quarterback in the 2019 class with a Texas offer and he’s visited Texas since Herman took the job.

2018 Texas Longhorns signing class

Here's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
PlayerPos. SchoolStars Status
Byron HobbsLBFt. Worth Eastern Hills3Signed
Casey ThompsonQBSouthmoore (Okla.)4Signed
Cameron Rising QBNewbury Park (Calif.)4Signed
Reese MooreOTSeminole 3Signed
Cameron DickerKLake Travis3Signed
Caden SternsSCibolo Steele4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
DeMarvion OvershownSArp4Signed
Ayodele AdeoyeLBIMG Academy (Fla.)4Signed
B.J. FosterSAngleton 5Signed
Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar4Signed
Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights4Signed
Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor4Signed
Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar4Signed
D'Shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar4Signed
Malcolm EppsTESpring Dekaney4Signed
Junior AngilauOTSalt Lake East (Utah)4Signed
Mikey GrandyOTCollege of San Mateo (Calif.)3Signed
Ryan BujcevskiPProKick AustrailiaN/ASigned
Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
Daniel CarsonDEWilliam Chrisman (Mo.)3Signed
Michael WilliamsDEDunham School (La.)3Signed
Joshua MooreWRYoakum4Signed
Christian JonesOTCy Woods3Signed
Moro OjomoDTKaty3Signed
Joseph OssaiDEConroe Oak Ridge4Signed

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