Texas Football: Evaluating 3 Junior Day visitors that must be offered

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Steve Sarkisian, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of the buzz surrounding the Texas football program this week has to do with the upcoming festivities during Junior Day, which begins on Jan. 21. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian will be hosting at least a couple dozen visitors among potential targets for the 2024 and 2025 recruiting classes during Junior Day this weekend.

Among the highlighting visitors for Texas’ Junior Day this weekend are the elite five-star IMG Academy running back Jerrick Gibson, five-star Waco Connally cornerback Kobe Black, four-star Allen edge rusher Zina Umeozulu, and four-star Hoschton Mill Creek (GA) edge rusher KingJoseph Edwards.

And those are just the highlighting visitors from the 2024 class for the Longhorns on Junior Day.

There are going to be multiple 2025 recruits on campus this weekend for some important unofficial visits too.

Moreover, one of the key storylines to watch during any Junior Day weekend this early in the offseason is the prospective offers that the coaching staff sends out. We’re likely going to see somewhere in the ballpark of at least a half-dozen offers sent out in the coming days, largely thanks to the visitors that make it to campus for Junior Day.

Which 2024 Junior Day visitors should Texas football offer in the next few days?

With that in mind, here’s a look at an evaluation of three 2024 Junior Day visitors that Texas should offer this weekend.

Khayree Lee, IOL

Offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns are now in the early stages of finding the next class of “big humans” to man the trenches. Texas has keyed in on some early in-state targets along the offensive line that the fans are starting to get familiar with, including four-star Copperas Cove offensive tackle Michael Uini and four-star League City Clear Springs interior offensive lineman Blake Ivy.

But there are going to be some out-of-state offensive line recruits in the 2024 class that are on campus for Junior Day this weekend that Texas fans should start getting familiar with too.

Among the most physically impressive out-of-state offensive linemen visiting Texas for Junior Day this weekend is the towering 6-foot-5 and 340-pound LSU Tigers three-star interior offensive lineman commit Khayree Lee. The Marrero John Ehret product is one of the largest and most physically gifted interior offensive linemen that Flood and the Longhorns are hosting this weekend.

Yet, Lee hasn’t received a Texas offer as of the time of this article being written late in the morning of Jan. 20.

I would anticipate that he is certainly an offer candidate heading into the weekend given the reported (per Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas) increase in communication between Lee and Flood in the last few weeks.

On film, Lee shows that he is incredibly strong and powerful which allows him to move bodies seamlessly off the line of scrimmage. He’s an excellent run blocker that can push opposing defensive linemen back multiple levels up while also showing the ability to be pulled when the situation calls for it.

Lee has good footwork and is surprisingly agile for a lineman of his size and stature. That agility allows Lee to thrive as a pulling blocker and a blocker out in space. He’s also able to utilize that strong lower half to hold his own in pass blocking.

Last but not least, Lee is a very versatile offensive lineman that can play multiple different positions in the trenches. His natural spot where he’s taken the most reps at John Ehret is at left guard. But he also has the size and mobility to play at the offensive tackle position.

To sum this up, Lee looks like the perfect interior offensive lineman that could fit the SEC mold that Flood and the Longhorns want as they prepare for the transition out of the Big 12 in the next couple of years. Texas should offer Lee now to strike while the iron is hot.

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