National Signing Day saw the Texas Longhorns pull in a solid Top-20 recruiting class. As Tom Herman mentioned in his Signing Day Press Conference, the Longhorns expected more commitments to come in between then and February. One big one came on Christmas Day through the commitment of Keithron Lee. The Rudder High School wide receiver announced his top-eight schools via his Twitter at the end of November. That list included Baylor, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, and Utah. Today, Lee makes it official, he’s headed to Texas.
Lee will only have to travel two hours from his home in Bryan, TX to get to the 40 Acres. The 5’10 175-pound wide receiver is a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked as the 86th best wide receiver in the nation and overall the 76th best player in Texas via those same rankings.
Lee can do it all as at the high school level. He took snaps at defensive back, running back, and wide receiver. In 2020 he recorded 65 receptions for 1,139 yards and 16 touchdowns while also adding another 554 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. In his career, Lee has amassed 1,157 rushing yards, 125 receptions, 2,322 receiving yards, and 49 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Name: Keithron Lee
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Rudder
City, State: Bryan, TX
Three Best Traits
Playmaking – When you need a big play, get the ball to number five. He’s the focal point of the Rudder offense and for good reason. He can catch, and take a handoff on a reverse and do damage. Lee is a playmaker through and through. In the running game, he can take any handoff the distance. In the passing game, watch for him to run go routes or bubble screens getting him into space. He’s a big-play wide receiver that does it all for the Rangers. His speed and sheer playmaking ability will translate to the next level nicely.
High Pointing the Ball – For being on the shorter end at 5’10, Lee is exceptional at grabbing the ball at its highest point and bringing it down. You would expect Lee to play out of the slot but many times he’s out wide on the opposition’s top cornerback. Just throw it up to him and more likely than not he will get a hand on it. Even in double coverage, Lee can go up and wrestle the ball away from anyone. That’s a special thing to see out of a sub-six-foot tall wide-out.
Speed – Lee’s game revolves around his speed, acceleration, and overall ability to make the secondary look silly. He’s constantly outrunning everyone on the field. Lee has true track and field speed on the gridiron. Just give him the ball out and space and watch sheer athleticism at work.
Areas for Improvement
Route Running – For Lee to really develop into a top-level wide receiver at the next level he needs a more diverse route tree. Right now, his routes consist of bubble screens, go routes, and touch passes. No doubt that stuff will work at the next level. But for him to see the field on a consistent basis he needs more routes to his game. This is something that he can easily work on and develop as time goes on.
Blocking – Lee at 5’10 175-pounds isn’t the biggest guy in the world. He relies on his speed, not his strength. Thus, he really hasn’t been asked to do too much blocking at Rudder. Texas possesses one of the freakiest running backs in the nation in Bijan Robinson. There’s no doubt he’ll be the focal point of this offense soon. Lee will have to learn to be able to block cornerbacks consistently when Robinson takes it outside the tackles in the future.
Lee is a pure speedster. With offenses becoming more pass-oriented and teams spreading the field more than ever before, Lee is perfect for the game of football now. He’s just a guy who you need to get the ball to and he’ll make anyone pay. Lee adds some depth to the wide receiver position as he is the third wide receiver commit for Texas’s class of 2021. Lee fits the same mold of a Jaden Alexis, who is also in this class. Those two inside with Casey Cain outside makes things look good for the future.
This is a great pickup for Texas as Lee can be extremely beneficial to the Longhorns’ future offense. What Lee lacks in stars, he makes up for in speed. He joins Jaden Alexis, Jonathon Brooks, Casey Cain, Hayden Conner, Juan Davis, Gunnar Helm, Max Merril, and Charles Wright as offensive commitments for Texas’s 2021 class.
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