Brandon Campbell teased us last week. He teased us again this weekend. He kept mentioning that there was big news coming for the USC Trojans class of 2021.
That could have meant anything. It could have meant anyone.
Come to find out, it meant his close friend and the No. 1 ranked tight end prospect for the state of Texas — Lake McRee — was committing to USC.
I’m committed! Thankful to everyone who was apart of the process! pic.twitter.com/JKZ486oi7f— Lake McRee (@lake_mcree) June 6, 2020
McRee was committed to Texas from July of 2019 to earlier this year in February. But with head coach Clay Helton’s presence in Texas for this class, McRee joins USC as a solid, hard commit for your Trojans.
This now gives USC 16 commitments for the class of 2021, the most of any Pac-12 school by nearly a handful.
Campbell, the four-star running back from the famed Katy High School, took to Twitter to congratulate McRee immediately following his announcement.
Congrats To A Close Friend Of Mine! Making A Big 40 Year Decision #FightOn✌ https://t.co/RFjKLUfhtW— Brandon (BC) Campbell 4 RB (@2021BC) June 6, 2020
McRee is considered the best tight end in Texas, the 18th-best tight end in the country, the 62nd-best overall player in Texas and the 431st overall ranked player in the nation. At 6’4, 217 pounds, he shows an innate ability to high point the football and also serves as a solid blocker.
He had at least 27 scholarship offers from schools such as in-state Texas, Alabama and defending National Champions LSU but chose USC over them all.
This all, of course, comes after he missed his junior season due to a torn ACL, and on the heels of what was a solid sophomore season in 2018. McRee recently competed at The Opening last year, documenting official times of 4.59 in the shuttle and a vertical jump nearing 30.0 inches. With his health in check and his knee healthy, his senior season could easily seem him garner a fourth star in his recruiting profile.
Here were his highlights from spring practice in 2019 before his injury that forced him to miss all of the 2019 regular season.
According to McRee as well, USC asked about his knee and were the one school who specifically stated they believed in him.
“They believed in me, asked me about my knee + strongly believed I’d come back better than I was before,” McRee said. “That was something that stuck out to me”
Here’s hoping that is the case and that his knee is 100% healthy. We’ll be watching every snap of Lake Travis ball that we can this season!
Congrats Lake, and welcome to USC! FIGHT ON!