Tom Herman landed possibly his biggest recruiting victory over Oklahoma just moments ago, as former Oklahoma commit Cameron Rising flipped his allegiance to Texas. The Newbury Park, California signal caller flipping his commitment completely came out of left-field, and Oklahoma is now without a quarterback for the 2018 class. Texas, on the other hand, now holds commitments from two quarterbacks:, Rising, and Casey Thompson.
Texas adding a second quarterback was always the plan in this class, though no one expected the second quarterback to be Rising, a player who many thought was completely solid to Oklahoma.
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— KONG 🦍 (@crising7) April 22, 2017
THE RISING FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Cameron Rising||Newbury Park, CA||Pro-Style QB||7||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
Rising is the fourth player to join the Texas 2018 class, a group that now sits at 26th in the 247Sports class rankings, and third in the Big 12. His departure from the Oklahoma class drops the Sooners to 20th, and lowers their commitment number to five.
Rising chose Texas over offers from many of the top teams in the country, including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Oregon, Ole Miss, and pretty much the entire Big 12.
His commitment comes a week after visiting Texas for their annual spring game, a visit that was thought of by many in Norman as just a precautionary measure in order to be sure he was making the correct decision for his future. Apparently, he feels like he will be better off with Texas, a sentiment he echoed in his commitment tweet:
“I want to be a part of something special, something historic, and I know Texas is the place for me.”
Yikes, is that a dig at OU? If you’re a Sooner fan, it would be pretty hard not to take that as insult to injury. And if you’re an Oklahoma offensive coordinator, I’m sure it has to feel like a punch in the gut. Lincoln Riley retweeted this just after Rising announced his flip.
Reality vs. Hype
Know The Difference-
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) April 8, 2017
Still, you cannot blame a young man for doing what he feels best for his future.
Rising also claimed in the tweet that he is now shutting his recruitment down to focus on school and his upcoming senior season, though I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw him take a few official visits, likely to schools like Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, and of course, Texas.
On the field, Rising brings a lot to the Longhorns, and the biggest reason he fits in this class is because of how different he is from the other Longhorn quarterback commit, Casey Thompson. Where Casey is most likely to beat defenses with his legs and accuracy, Rising can pick teams apart with his incredible strength, and deep ball accuracy. He’s certainly not going to outrun many people, but he has excellent footwork for a high school quarterback. We’ll likely get to see both of these quarterbacks this summer, at the annual Elite 11 competition.
For Oklahoma, this flip means that they have to find a new leader for this class, a role the quarterback usually plays. The most likely candidates are 4-star Dakereon Joyner, 4-star Texas commit Casey Thompson (chaos option), and 4-star Jalen Mayden.