Chris Beard and his staff have an ideal opportunity to make some significant headway with arguably their top overall target this weekend, as Lewisville iSchool shooting guard Keyonte George is in Austin for an official visit.
Austin, TX UT what’s good!— UNO (@Keyontekg1) June 3, 2021
Regarded as the top-ranked shooting guard prospect in the nation, George announced his top five just weeks ago, which featured Texas alongside Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kentucky. The professional path could still be an option for George, as well, but of the collegiate programs involved, Texas is in a fairly ideal position.
The five-star talent has long held an offer from the Longhorns, as Shaka Smart and his staff were among the first to offer George during the summer of 2019. Of course, Smart and his staff have since been replaced by Chris Beard and his staff, but there’s still that level of familiarity after Texas Tech extended an offer under Beard’s direction and was prioritizing George.
“Coach Ulric Maligi called me and told me that I was one of the first players that they were calling,” George told 247Sports of his recruitment and relationship with the former Red Raiders assistant. “They wanted to make sure that I knew that I was still a priority as they made the move from Texas Tech to Texas so that was big for me.”
Beard and the Longhorns are still searching for their first 2022 pledge, and landing the top talent in the state would certainly be a remarkable start to the class. At this stage, George has only two Crystal Ball projections, but his most recent was a high-confidence pick from Horns247 recruiting analyst, Nick Harris.
The 6’4, 185-pound guard is currently ranked as the No. 6 player nationally and as the No. 1 shooting guard, per the 247Sports Composite.