Texas football's quarterback depth for 2019 is in a bit of peril, with young QBs Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson both exploring their transfer options.
Within days of each other, it was reported that Rising and Thompson were in the NCAA's transfer portal.
That doesn't mean either is leaving Texas. It does allow both to explore the possibility.
Rising and Thompson were both four-star members of Texas football's 2018 recruiting class.
247Sports ranked Rising as the No. 247 player, and No. 11 pro style quarterback in the country that year.
Thompson was just behind him, at No. 291 overall and No. 14 among dual-threat QBs.
Tom Herman says he has made it clear that he wants both Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson back.
He says he's communicated as much to the players and their families. From Burnt Orange Nation:
“We’ve been very communicative with both families and both young men — they’re happy to be here, they’re happy to be a part of their team. I think this is the way of the world now. Guys that want to explore their options have that right to do so, but we also have the opportunity to communicate to them how important they are to our program.”
Both players are taking redshirts this season as true freshmen. The bigger problem may lie ahead of them on the depth chart.
Sam Ehlinger emerged as a legitimate star for Texas this year. That could mean that veteran Shane Buechele, the former UT starter who has a good amount of playing time under his belt, could explore his options as a graduate transfer.
The team is bringing in highly-touted four-star Roschon Johnson as a member of the 2019 class, but they'd definitely rather not be limited to that little depth at the position in 2019.