Utes get a QB commitment for 2020, and Cameron Rising promises to be ‘the best scout-team quarterback’ in 2019
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Quarterback Cameron Rising runs the ball, as lineman Paul Maile defends, in Utah's spring Red-White game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Utah’s football program has landed a quarterback who’s arriving in 2020, when the Utes will stage a competition for the job that will be vacated by three-year starter Tyler Huntley.
Katravis Marsh, a south Florida product like Huntley
, recently announced his commitment to Utah. If Marsh follows through and signs with the Utes in December, the program’s 2020 roster of scholarship quarterbacks will include Drew Lisk as a senior, Jason Shelley
as a junior, Cameron Rising
as a sophomore and Marsh as a freshman.
Rising will sit out the 2019 season after transferring from Texas in January, with the NCAA having denied his request of a waiver for immediate eligibility. That won’t affect his level of motivation in practice, Rising promised.
“I’m just going to do whatever I can with the team, be the best scout-team quarterback I could be,” he said Monday, while working at a youth football camp in Bountiful. “I’m not just going out there for myself, I’m going out there for my teammates, so that makes it easy.”
Marsh has transferred to Miami Central High School for his senior year, after playing at American HS in Hialeah, Fla. Tennessee, South Florida and Central Florida were among the schools that offered him scholarships after he performed well in offseason showcase events.
Marsh is the No. 27 dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He reported receiving Utah’s offer May 20, and recently visited the campus. The Utes also have received a commitment from Ben Renfro, a defensive back from Magnolia, Texas.
With Rising unavailable this season, Shelley and Lisk will back up Huntley. “That’s a great group of guys, right there,” Rising said. “They’re all great football players and great football minds. I just love being a part of that [meeting] room.”
In basketball, former Utah forward Donnie Tillman will visit Illinois this week, Jeff Goodman of WatchStadium.com
Tillman last week visited Rutgers, another Big Ten school
. He appears willing to sit out the 2019-20 season after transferring, although he may appeal for a waiver, if he ends up moving close to his family’s home in Detroit. Tillman cited a need to care for his mother, amid her health issues, in a June 7 announcement that he wouldn’t play for Utah in 2019-20. Donna Holmes moved from Detroit to Las Vegas with her youngest son, enabling Tillman to attend Findlay Prep before signing with Utah.