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Evaluation: What does new QB commit Rising bring to table?

April 22, 2017

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QB Cameron Rising, Newbury Park (Ca.)

Recruitment: Rising committed to Oklahoma during the summer of 2016 but flipped his verbal pledge to Texas this weekend. A four-star prospect, Rising holds offers from 25 programs such as Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State and several others. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Rising is currently ranked as the No. 7 pro-style passer in the nation and No. 16 overall prospect in California, according to 247Sports Composite.

Strengths: Rising has good size with a solid frame. Rising shows the arm strength to make throws to all areas of the field, and his ball placement is excellent. Rising has a strong lower half which allows him to stay on his feet and deliver strong throws from the pocket. Rising is listed as a pro-style passer, but he’s an effective enough runner to be a threat in the Texas offense. Rising shows strong pocket awareness, and he moves inside the pocket very well. Rising is a strong passer on the run, and he operates from an offense that utilizes a moving pocket. He makes good decisions as evidenced by his low turnover numbers, and he shows toughness in the run game.

Areas for improvement: Rising operates with a quick release, but there’s a small hitch in his delivery. He shows inconsistent footwork in his drop, and he occasionally fails to set his feet when throwing the ball deep. As a result Rising relies a bit too much on his upper body strength to deliver the ball. If Rising can correct his feet and utilize his lower half more he could unlock some hidden arm strength.

Fit for Texas: Rising is the second quarterback commit of the class for Texas, and it strikes a big blow to its biggest rival. Rising has potential to turn into one of the top quarterbacks in college football, and many of his traits translate positively to the Texas offense. Obviously, Texas might have to navigate a tricky road to keep both quarterback prospects happy, but Longhorn fans should be thrilled with the haul they’ve received at the position so far.


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