Freshman quarterback Cameron Rising announced his decision to transfer from the Texas Longhorns on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation since he entered the NCAA transfer portal nearly a month ago.
Following an official visit to Salt Lake City last weekend, Rising is now a member of the Utah Utes program.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Go Utes! pic.twitter.com/HRu18tDZCQ— Cameron Rising (@crising7) January 17, 2019
Rising, who was an early enrollee in the 2019 class, still has four years of eligibility remaining since he redshirted this season. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out a season before competing for the starting job at Utah, so he’ll have three seasons of eligibility to play in the Pac-12.
The Utes return their top two quarterbacks next season — junior Tyler Huntler (1,788 passing yards, 304 rushing yards, 16 total TDs, 6 INTs) and freshman Jason Shelley (1,162 passing yards, 192 rushing yards, 8 total TDs, 6 INTs).
At 6’2, 230 pounds, Rising has a more than ideal frame for a quarterback. He showed off that strong arm of his back in April when he completed 6-of-9 passes for 57 yards in the Orange-White Spring game last spring. During the 2018 season, Rising did not see any action as the third-string quarterback.
A former consensus four-star prospect, Rising ranked among the top 250 players nationally and as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Rising’s departure may not be the last from the Texas quarterback room, as fellow freshman quarterback Casey Thompson is still in the NCAA transfer portal and on Thursday denied a report that he’ll return to the program. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele is the program’s most recent addition to the transfer portal and could return to the Metroplex as a graduate transfer at SMU. Buechele has two seasons of eligibility remaining after redshirting in 2018.