The Texas Longhorns now have a dynamic slot wide receiver committed in the 2021 class.
On Christmas Day, Bryan Rudder standout Keithron Lee announced his pledge to the Longhorns.
The 5’10, 175-pounder saw his stock explode during a big-time senior season that saw him produce 1,693 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns.
A one-time UTSA commit, Lee reopened his recruitment in the middle of September and his stock only increased thereafter as he picked up offers from TCU, Washington, Utah, Tennessee, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Baylor through the end of November.
Ultimately, the biggest offer came from the Longhorns on Nov. 11 as Lee emerged as the key slot receiver target in the class for position coach Andre Coleman.
For Rudder, Lee was a versatile player who lined up at running back, wide receiver, and defensive back. His ability to make plays from the backfield or from his slot receiver position makes him a perfect fit for the H position in head coach Tom Herman’s offense — ideally, that player can serve in the same type of hybrid role that Lee played in high school.
For his height, Lee has exceptional ball skills, as he’s able to track the football well and attack it outside of his body. And while he didn’t run track in high school and there aren’t any verified testing times for him, he does report a 4.4 40 and 4.1 shuttle that seem plausible based on his film — he’s a high-level athlete who demonstrates excellent short-area quickness and long speed. Those attributes help Lee showcase refined route-running ability that should translate quickly to the college game.
Given the well-rounded nature of Lee’s skill set, expect him to receive a bump in the rankings based on his strong senior film.
A consensus three-star prospect, Lee is ranked as the No. 536 player nationally and the No. 83 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s now the 20th member of a recruiting class that ranks No. 17 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12.