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The random high school connection between Cam Rising and Zach Wilson

Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising, wearing black, scrambles in Salt Lake City
Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) scrambles in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

These days, Cam Rising and Zach Wilson are two of the most well-known quarterback names in Utah, as Rising of course is leading the Utah Utes and Wilson was the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft last spring out of BYU.

Four years ago as high school recruits, the two were considerably less well-known, but they did share an interesting connection.

In 247 Sports’ rankings of the top pro-style quarterback recruits in the class of 2018, Wilson was ranked No. 25 out of Utah’s Corner Canyon High, and Rising was right behind him at No. 26 out of California’s Newbury Park High.

Some notable names were atop the list. Among them:

  • Trevor Lawrence, who was taken ahead of Wilson in the draft, was the top prospect.
  • Matt Corral, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate this year, was No. 5.
  • Jack Tuttle, who signed with Utah in 2018, was No. 7.
  • Cammon Cooper out of Utah’s Lehi High, was No. 11.

Both Rising and Wilson had a similar experience in high school in that they committed to one school early before decommitting and signing elsewhere.

Rising committed to Oklahoma in August of 2016 before flipping to Texas in April of 2017, and he signed with the Longhorns in December of 2017, according to 247 Sports.

Wilson committed to Boise State in June of 2017 before decommitting right before the early signing period opened in December, and he signed with BYU about a week later, according to 247 Sports.