Not the name a lot of Oklahoma fans expected in the winter and spring, but it was clear Newbury Park (Calif.) High quarterback Cameron Rising was the top target for the Sooners coaching staff when it came to the 2018 class.
Rising officially joined what’s being called Savage Team 2K18 (#ST2K18) by announcing his pledge to OU on Sunday.
Rising, ranked No. 48 in the Scout 100 for 2018, is OU’s second Scout 100 commitment of the class to go with Moore (Okla.) Southmoore five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker.
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley offered Rising in the spring and immediately built up a solid rapport with Rising. He said as great of a coach as Riley is, Rising likes Riley even more as a person.
That was on full display two weeks ago when Rising went on a whirlwind tour of some of his top schools, which included his first trip to Norman.
Rising had no idea what to expect, saying he thought it would be a small town with like one high school and that’s it. He was amazed at the hospitality of the people there, something quarterback Baker Mayfield reiterated when Rising was able to talk with him.
It used to be a little risky for California recruits to head halfway across the country, but Rising knows OU has been able to have a lot of success with recruits who venture that far away from home, and he said he could see himself being the next one to make the leap.
Rising had no idea when he was going to commit as he was not giving a self-imposed deadline, but he said he understands quarterback recruiting is something incredibly different. He might have liked to wait, but he’s not afforded that luxury.
The quarterback needs to be the face of the class, and OU has found its face in the fifth-ranked quarterback in the entire country for 2018.
Rising is OU’s third commitment for the 2018 class, all in the Scout 300. Lancaster (Texas) High’s Jordon Austin is also in the fold.