Was the right decision made
A quarterback transfer with as much eligibility left, and with as high of ceiling, as Cameron Rising was going to get a lot of attention nationally. But, the only official visit he took was with Utah and his transfer decision was announced quickly thereafter. The attention he might’ve received from more west coast programs closer to home, namely in the PAC-12, didn’t have much of a chance to pursue him.
That has to make you think that Utah head coach Kyle Whittington made quite the pitch to Rising and won over his interests very early after he put his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal. The Utah offense does have some opportune aspects that obviously attracted Rising, but this decision came through quicker than expected.
Some of the other ideal fits for Rising included the Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks, and Houston Cougars. Any situation where Rising found himself behind a quality quarterback in the final year of his eligibility was the best scenario for his landing spot. For example, Rising could’ve sat behind a top NFL Draft prospect with the Ducks next year in star Justin Herbert during the one year he had to sit out.
If Rising was looking to contend for a national title at his next destination, Utah was not the right choice. He has the talent to go some place like an Oklahoma or an Oregon and start right away when he eligibility kicked in. Outside of options like that, Utah is a good choice for Rising since he gets closer to home in PAC-12 territory and could win the starting job soon with a quality Power Five program and stable head coach.