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Lake Travis tight end Lake McRee pledged to Texas on July 9. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with 2021 Texas tight end pledge Lake McRee

Posted July 17th, 2019


Lake Travis tight end Lake McRee became Texas’ second commitment of the 2021 cycle, joining four-star wide receiver Quay Davis of Dallas Skyline. It was an obvious and easy decision for McRee, who has grown up minutes from Texas’ campus and has been a Longhorns fan. He also catches passes at Lake Travis from fellow UT commit Hudson Card.

I caught up with McRee to gather his thoughts about sports and life.

Lake Travis tight end Lake McRee gains yardage after an early catch as Smithson Valley’s Jackson Sennie closes in for the tackle in Friday’s 6A, Division I Bi-District playoff game in Lakeway. Jay Plotkin photo for American-Statesman

At what age did you fall in love with football?

I first fell in love with football by throwing the ball in the front yard every day with my dad after school.


What made Texas your pick? 

It’s always been a dream of mine (to play at Texas) that I’ve been wanting to make come true my entire life. And I love everything about Texas. The location, the environment, coaches, etc.

What is the most difficult part of the recruiting process? 

The most difficult part of the recruiting process is to balance still working like you have nothing even though you have coaches gassing your head up every day.

What’s your future role at Texas?

Basically the same to what I do at my high school, which is try to make our offense as dangerous as possible, and also be able to block the biggest guy on defense while also being a matchup nightmare when lined up as a wide receiver.

What excites you the most about college? 

Just being able to have the chance to play the game I love at the place I love.

What is the hardest part of the recruiting process? 

You can focus too much on it and get your priorities mixed up.

What word would you use to describe Tom Herman?

A winner.

What artist would you most like to see live?

Lil Keed.

Favorite movie?

“The Blind Side.”

Favorite athlete of all-time?

Kobe Bryant.

Favorite sport to watch other than football?


Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor4July 23 (2019)
Juan DavisWR/TEEverman3July 26 (2019)
Derrick Harris Jr.DENew Caney4Aug. 3 (2019)
Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan5Sept. 8 (2019)
Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial4May 2
Morice BlackwellOLBArlington Martin4May 10
Jonathon BrooksRBHallettsville3May 15
Casey CainWRWarren Easton (La.)3May 15
Isaac PearsonPProKick AustrailiaNRMay 29
Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball4June 15
JD CoffeySKennedale4June 15
Jamier JohnsonCBJohn Muir (Pasadena, Calif.)4July 3
Gunnar HelmTECherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.)3July 27
Michael MyslinskiCBishop Kennedy (Jacksonville, Fla.)3Aug. 6
Jaden AlexisWRMonarch Prep (Pompano Beach, Fla.)3Aug. 8
Charles WrightQBAustin3Aug. 22
Max MerrilOTStrake Jesuit3Sept. 25
Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek4Nov. 14
Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto3Nov. 18