In the aftermath of the news that Rising, a former four-star prospect who entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal in late December, would not be returning to Texas, and that Buechele, Texas’ backup quarterback, is going to explore is options in hopes of becoming a graduate transfer, the Longhorns did receive a bit of good news.
According to a report from Chip Brown of Horns247, true freshman quarterback Casey Thompson, who entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal alongside Rising, informed Longhorns head coach Tom Herman on Wednesday night that he intends to remove his name from the NCAA transfer portal and return to Texas.
Thompson, who served as Texas’ scout team quarterback last season, was reportedly receiving interest from numerous programs including Oregon, Utah, Miami, UCLA, and Arkansas. However, he didn’t take any recruiting visits after entering his name into the transfer portal.
On Thursday morning, though, Thompson denied that he’s made a decision in refuting the report about his future:
So there may still be a possibility that Thompson joins Rising and potentially Buechele in leaving.
The former four-star talent out of Newcastle (Okla.) arrived in Austin last January as an early enrollee, but was ultimately slotted as the team’s fourth-string quarterback behind Rising, Buechele, and Sam Ehlinger. However, with Rising departing from the program and Buechele seemingly set to follow in those same footsteps, Thompson will likely enter the spring as the backup quarterback, though he’ll have to fend off competition from incoming four-star All-American Roschon Johnson, who will arrive on campus as an early enrollee.
And, of course, that assumes that he does decide to remain in Austin.