Texas freshman quarterback Cameron Rising, who entered the NCAA transfer portal last month, is taking an official visit to Utah, according to a report from Jeff Howe of Horns247.It’s the first reported visit for Rising since entering the portal.
In December, just a few days before Texas arrived in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, it was reported that both Rising and fellow freshman quarterback Casey Thompson had entered the transfer portal and were potentially looking elsewhere to play. Both quarterbacks still made the trip to the bowl game.
Texas coach Tom Herman expressed his desire for both players to stay with the Longhorns in a press conference when the team landed in New Orleans.
“Well, one, we want them to stick around. We don’t want to lose either one of them,” Herman said. “Nowadays in college football that’s their right, and that’s something that the football oversight committee and the transfer oversight committee thought was a necessary next step. And we respect that.
“We’ve been very communicative with both families, both young men, and they’re happy to be here, happy to be a part of their team. I think this is the way of the world now, and guys that want to explore their options have that right to do so. We also have the opportunity to communicate with them how important they are to our program.”
Both Rising, who’s listed at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, and Thompson, who’s 6-1, 190, did not see the field in 2018 and redshirted.
Rising is a former four-star product out Newbury Park High School in California and came to Texas as the 11th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the country. Thompson, meanwhile, was a four-star product from Newcastle High School in Oklahoma and the 14th-ranked dual threat quarterback in the nation. Rising was originally committed to Oklahoma before flipping to Texas, while Thompson was expected to go to Oklahoma as well with his father, Charles, being a former Sooners quarterback.
Texas could have five scholarship quarterbacks on its roster next season, but it could also have as little as two depending on if anyone decides to bolt. Rising, Thompson and junior Shane Buechele are no guarantees to stick around, although there’s been no indication Buechele will leave.
Buechele, if he wanted to, could transfer as a graduate and play elsewhere immediately, with two years of eligibility remaining. The BetDSI sports book has already listed odds for where Buechele will land.
The Longhorns are already set at quarterback for the next two years, presumably, with sophomore Sam Ehlinger, who had a breakout year in 2018 and started every game. Texas also signed four-star Port Neches-Groves product Roschon Johnson, the fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, during the early signing period, giving the Longhorns their fifth scholarship quarterback.
Herman said during his early signing period press conference in December that he expects all five quarterbacks to be with the team in the spring.
Along with Rising and Thompson, there’s been a wave of high-profile college quarterbacks across the country enter the transfer portal in the past month or so. Ex-Georgia backup Justin Fields (who is now at Ohio State), Ohio State’s Tate Martell, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma’s Austin Kendall have all put their names into the portal, opting to look elsewhere to play.
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