Entering August, and the quarterback race for Oklahoma is heating up. No, not the one on the field with Baker Mayfield locking that up.
Nope, not for the 2017 class as Mesquite (Texas) Horn signal-caller Chris Robison has been pledged for more than 13 months.
You look at 2018, though, and things about to go down sooner than later. Everyone in the Oklahoma area knows about Moore (Okla.) Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson.
The son of Charles, the younger brother of Kendal, the natural OU legacy offered by offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in the spring.
To the shock of some, though, Newbury Park (Calif.) High quarterback Cameron Rising was actually offered before Thompson. And if you think he’s bound to stay on the west coast, think again with Rising visiting Norman two weeks ago.
“I loved it,” Rising said. “It was amazing. I loved Oklahoma in general. The people were great. I had no idea what to expect, but it was great.”
Rising, who said he’s now 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, visited LSU, Alabama, Houston, TCU and Oklahoma State to go along with the Sooners in a week span. Add to that all the trips he makes to the west coast and his brother playing for Arizona State, and you have a quarterback being tugged at constantly.
But a quarterback who understands the process.
Rising has a good 18 months before he has to make his choice, but he realizes that at the quarterback spot, 18 months is like the perfect time to make a commitment.
And OU is certainly in that conversation.
“It’s going to be unbelievable,” said Rising about OU’s future facilities. “The video of what the stadium is going to be lets you know it’s going to be amazing.”
Rising’s timing of the visit couldn’t have been better because he was able to interact with players on the team, namely quarterback Baker Mayfield and linebacker Caleb Kelly.
They both brought a different dynamic to the table. Mayfield with the quarterback spot, and Kelly with that Cali connection.
“Caleb talked about being a California kid and just how easy the transition has been,” Rising said. “No homesickness. Nothing. Hearing that was like music to my ears.
“Knowing that I’m not going to be the first one to do that absolutely helps. Some people have already dipped their feet in the water. Don’t be afraid to dive in and go all out.”
Rising said he’s gotten to know Riley in a huge way in the last few months. He said Riley is a great coach, but he raved about him even more as a better person and a family man.
With Thompson the local name and Riley never afraid of being in the attack mode, Rising realizes the clock could be ticking.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot,” Rising said. “There’s only one spot for a quarterback. Well, at most schools there’s just one. I’m probably going to have to decide faster than I wanted to, but that’s the way it is.”
Rising would love to make more visits and get a feel of more schools before making that call, but he said his timetable to make a choice is now until December.
“Could be next month, could be December,” Rising said. “I have no date or guarantees or anything like that. It could be next week. It’s when I know.”