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3-star WR Keithron Lee signs with Texas on National Signing Day

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After committing on Christmas Day, the speedy, dynamic slot receiver made it official on Wednesday.

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Three-star wide receiver Keithron Lee out of Bryan Rudder signed with the Texas Longhorns on National Signign Day. He initially committed to Texas on Christmas Day 2020 after receiving an offer from the Forty Acres in November, weeks before the regime change.

Prior to Lee’s signing, he was among two former head coach Tom Herman-era commits who had yet to make it official with the Longhorns after Steve Sarkisian, most recently the offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, was handed the keys to the locker room by Texas officials on Jan. 2. Lee is among 20 recruits in the 2021 recruiting class, along with three graduate transfers.

Lee is the No. 77 wide receiver in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, and the No. 516 player overall. As a senior in 2020, the 5’10, 175-pounder caught 65 passes for 1,139 yards and 16 touchdowns, and also rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns with 65 carries. He entered his senior year with a career 1,183 yards and two touchdowns over his junior and sophomore seasons.

Before the Longhorns came calling last year, Lee was initially committed to the UTSA Road Runners. But a big senior season set recruiters’ eyes on the Brazos Valley athlete, earning him offers from Ole Miss, SMU, and TCU, among others.

He’s a big get, Texas fans might say.

Lee has a bolt to his step, and he seems to be hitting a late physical maturity spurt, if his senior season is at all telling of what’s to come. There’s not a lot to criticize about the guy, despite his needing to pack on a few pounds of muscle.

Analysis — Wescott Eberts

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.