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2021 Texas TE commit Lake McRee suffers season-ending knee injury

The Lake Travis standout committed to the hometown Longhorns in early July.

Lake McCree at State 7on7
Wescott Eberts

The state title hopes for the Lake Travis Cavaliers took a hit on Tuesday, when junior tight end Lake McCree, a Texas Longhorns pledge in the 2021 recruiting class, suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice:

The 6’4, 217-pounder had 17 receptions for 274 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore, then saw his recruiting stock take off during the spring, when he earned offers from Baylor, North Carolina, TCU, Texas A&M, USC, and others.

And despite expressing an interest in taking his time with the recruiting process and exploring all his options at State 7on7 in late June, McCree opted to shut down his recruitment in early July in favor of the hometown Longhorns.

Now he’ll have to go through a lengthy rehabilitation process and miss his junior season, a blow to his development on the field, but now he’ll have more time to spend in the weight room developing his upper body strength — time that he’d otherwise spend practicing.

A consensus three-star prospect, McCree is ranked as the 323 player nationally, the No. 11 tight end, and the No. 51 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s one of seven Longhorns pledges in a class that ranks No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.