2018 QB four-star Cameron Rising (Newbury Park HS) lived up to his national ranking (No. five ranked last season by breaking out in a big way.Throwing for 3,213 yards, 40 touchdown passes as well as rushing for 756 yards and another 12 scores.
Despite the personal success on the football field, Rising was not satisfied the way his season ended.
"From what everyone tells me it went pretty good," Rising said of his season. "I feel like I could always improve and do better, I've been working all offseason to get better just to have a better season. I don't care if it's a better season stats-wise, I don't care if it's a better season about anything stats-related. I just want a better season, a better outcome. We were 6-5 and I didn't like that, I felt like we should be way better."
From Cam Newton to Marcus Mariota, Rising has drawn comparisons from many different types of athletic quarterbacks.Even though he is fleet-footed, Rising considers himself a "pocket passer that can run" and style of offense will not have an impact on him.
One offensive system that has drawn the attention of quarterbacks across the country is the one run by Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. The Wolverines offered Rising after his season is over and it was an offer that took him by surprise.
"That one definitely caught me by surprise," Rising said. "Ann Arbor, Michigan, I never thought a great program like that (would offer him.) It really was a crazy thing. When my coach said that they wanted to see me throw, I was like 'wow,' that's crazy. Unbelievable."
When asked what stuck out to him the most about the program, Rising naturally mentioned the headman himself without hesitation.
"I like Jim Harbaugh," Rising said. "He's an amazing coach, he has an unbelievable amount of energy and seems like a guy that could rally a group of players to do great things."
It's no secret that the quarterback depth chart in Ann Arbor is loaded with talent, with even more talent on the way with 2017 quarterback commit Dylan McCaffrey. However, competition won't stop Rising from considering any program.
"I've not been one to be scared of competition," Rising said. "I don't really look at it too much. There's a point where I'd be like 'oh, okay, this guy is going to be a sophomore by the time I get in there and he's going to be the guy.' That's the most I'll do."
Despite contact not being as frequent as of late between the coaching staff and Rising, make no mistake, the Wolverines have Rising high on their board at the quarterback position for the 2018 class. Rising also said that coming to campus for a visit was discussed with the coaching staff and he might be attending a game this season, if that doesn't happen a visit could occur after the season.
One of the major factors, and perhaps a feather in the Wolverines' cap, in Rising's decision is the education that the school has to offer.
"Education," Rising said. "I want to have a degree that will mean something. That's very important because of life after football, of course. After that, probably just coaching. I want coaches that will get me ready the next level if I'm lucky enough to make it there."
The decision is expected to come by May of next year.
While Rising could be a tough pull from the West Coast, he insists that distance will not be a factor in his decision. However, he did mention that his family might have a problem with distance.
Family might also play a factor as Rising has a brother playing for Arizona State. Tyson Rising, an offensive lineman for ASU, has talked to his brother in the past about going to the same school. Despite the previous discussion, the ties to ASU won't be a deciding factor in his decision.
"I know my dad would love it because he just got a bunch of gear from ASU," Rising said. "It would be nice, me and my brother always talked about it growing up. How nice it would be going to the same school. I wouldn't say it's a big factor but it would be nice, but it's not something that's going to make me a decision right now."