Texas regained momentum at the wide receiver position on Tuesday when three-star wide receiver Kennedy Lewis of Melissa High School picked the Longhorns. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect committed to TCU in June before backing off his pledge in October and is the third wide receiver to pick Texas in the 2019 class and he’s the 22nd overall prospect to pledge to Tom Herman’s program in the cycle.
Skill set: Lewis emerged as a junior when he caught 48 passes for 1,099 yards and 11 touchdowns after recording five touchdowns on 11 catches as a sophomore. The three-star gives Texas something none of the other wide receiver commits in the 2019 can offer: Size. He’s a legit outside wide receiver with a big, long frame. That makes Lewis a real red zone threat and great at jump balls. His size makes him hard to tackle after the catch.
He’s becoming a better route runner and a more consistent pass catcher as a senior. Lewis is a big wide receiver, but he’s not just a possession guy. He’s a real vertical threat and hard to jam off the line of scrimmage because of his physicality. Lewis is also a willing blocker and Herman loves that in wide receivers. He originally picked up a Texas offer on June 11 and pledged to TCU eight days later.
Immediate impact: The Longhorns hope to build enough depth at every position that true freshman aren’t needed to make an immediate impact. Wide receiver is a tough position to pick up for young guys. Even stars in the 2018 class like Brennan Eagles, Joshua Moore and D’Shawn Jamison have found it hard to get consistent snaps. Lewis won’t be needed in 2019 and that’s a good thing for him and the program. A redshirt season and a year to refine his art on the edge will serve him well in the future.
Fitting into the program: Texas enjoys big-bodied wide receivers who can bully cornerbacks like Collin Johnson and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey. The potential is there for Lewis to become a similar player if given time to develop. It also gives the Longhorns another in-state pledge in a class that is out-of-state heavy. Flipping a TCU pledge and earning another victory over Gary Patterson can’t hurt, either.
Recruiting at the position: Texas is honed in on five-star athlete Bru McCoy and is still in the fight for local standout Elijah Higgins from Austin Bowie.
2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class
|Roschon Johnson||QB||Port Neches-Groves||4||July 21 (2017)|
|T'Vondre Sweat||DE||Huntsville||3||Feb. 28|
|Jordan Whittington||WR||Cuero||4||March 10|
|De'Gabriel Floyd||OLB||Westlake Village (Calif.)||4||March 31|
|Kenyatta Watson II||DB||Grayson (Ga.)||4||May 1|
|Brayden Liebrock||TE||Chandler (Ariz.)||3||May 8|
|Tyler Johnson||OL||Conroe Oak Ridge||4||May 25|
|Jared Wiley||TE||Temple||3||May 26|
|Jake Smith||WR||Notre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)||4||June 3|
|Peter Mpagi||DE||George Ranch||3||June 16|
|Chris Adimora||S||Mayfair (Calif.)||4||July 1|
|Marques Caldwell||CB||Alvin||3||July 7|
|Marcus Tillman Jr.||OLB||Jones (Fla.)||3||July 28|
|Javonne Shepherd||OT||North Forest||4||July 29|
|Derrian Brown||RB||Buford (Ga.)||4||Sept. 16|
|Tyler Owens||S||Plano East||4||Sept. 24|
|David Gbenda||ILB||Katy Cinco Ranch||4||Sept. 30|
|Marcus Washington||WR||Trinity Catholic (Mo.)||4||Oct. 26|
|Myron Warren||DE||Many (La.)||3||Nov. 19|
|Jacoby Jones||DE||Butler C.C.||3||Nov. 21|
|Caleb Johnson||OLB||Fullerton College (Calif.)||3||Dec. 17|
|Kennedy Lewis||WR||Melissa||3||Dec. 18|
|Isaiah Hookfin||OT||Fort Bend Dulles||4||Dec. 21|
|Bru McCoy||ATH||Mater Dei (Calif.)||5||Jan. 25|