SALT LAKE CITY — Former Texas quarterback Cameron Rising is transferring to the University of Utah.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Go Utes!” Rising said in a tweet on Thursday.
The Utah football program confirmed the signing on Twitter shortly thereafter.
Rising entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal after spending the past season as the third-string quarterback for the Longhorns behind starter Sam Ehlinger, a sophomore, and junior Shane Buechele.
“The talent is certainly there. It’s just the speed of the game and experience,” Texas coach Tom Herman told the Houston Chronicle in August. “We had a conversation with him, too, and told him that his future was bright. He was very happy and agreed with his position and is excited to continue to learn and let the game slow down for him.”
Rising wound up redshirting. He’ll have to sit out a season, per NCAA transfer rules, and won’t be able to play for the Utes until 2020.
According to 247 Sports, Rising received several high-profile offers out of high school. He originally committed to Oklahoma but wound up enrolling at Texas in January 2018 after a stellar career at Newbury Park High School in California.83 comments on this story
Other offers for the four-star quarterback included Alabama, Louisville, Louisiana State, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU and West Virginia. Pac-12 opportunities came from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA and Washington State.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound pro-style QB fills a void created by the transfer of highly touted freshman Jack Tuttle to Indiana and recruiting target Jayden Daniels to Arizona State.
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley will be a senior next season, meaning that Rising will compete for the starting job in 2020 against Jason Shelley, who will be a junior then, and Drew Lisk, who will be a senior. Rising will have three years of eligibility.