Newbury Park (Calif.) High quarterback Cameron Rising announced Saturday evening he is flipping his commitment from Oklahoma to Texas.
Rising, a Scout 300 quarterback, had been committed to OU since August and was back in Norman two weeks ago for OU’s spring game.
Following the visit, Rising went to Austin for the first time last weekend for Texas’ spring game. After a week of deliberating, Rising announced the news that he was going #HookEm instead of #ST2K18.
It’s a blow for the Sooners, to say the least. One major reason? Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has not been actively recruiting a quarterback for eight months.
He explained why on signing day when talking about what Chris Robison’s loyalty to #SoonerSquad17 meant to him.
“It was important. We’d been pretty straightforward with that position in particular,” Riley said. “That position is unique. It’s different. The recruiting of quarterbacks almost has its own set of rules and standards. It’s unlike any other position that you normally only take one.
“There’s normally only one on the field. The spots tend to go maybe a little bit quicker. Once a couple of dominoes start to fall it goes quickly. That’s a conversation we have with quarterbacks before they commit here. That if there’s any hesitation or if they’re not 100 percent sold, then don’t commit. We don’t you to because when you do, then we’re done and you need to be done too.
“He stuck with that, which I appreciate. I think sometimes some of these recruits don’t realize that once you commit, you’re also starting to build that relationship and trust with your future position coach or coordinator or whatever it is.
“I think guys like Chris that stay committed that whole time, that trust starts to build even before they get on campus and I think it makes an impact on a little bit of your perception of them once they get on campus.”
The loss of Rising leaves OU with five commits with two of them in the Scout 100 in Moore (Okla.) Southmoore offensive tackle Brey Walker and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back T.J. Pledger.
(Sooners Illustrated will have more on the Rising fallout all this week)