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Commitment 101: Wide receiver Kennedy Lewis provides Texas with size, upside

Posted December 18th, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25

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