Devonta Lee is one of the most coveted 2019 recruits still on the board.
Well, he was, before he committed to play for the LSU Tigers Wednesday afternoon. It came shortly after Jay Ward picked LSU over Kentucky.
Unlike most recruits, Lee was down to just two schools leading up to his announcement: LSU and the Kentucky Wildcats. As a Louisiana native, many were surprised that the Wildcats were in the running for as long as they were.
Lee plays wide receiver, but is listed as an athlete on most recruiting websites. According to the 247 Sports composite ranking, he is the No. 8 athlete in the country and the tenth best recruit in the state of Louisiana.
It is pretty clear that Lee will play wide receiver in college, and given his speed and skill set he will instantly compete for playing time once he arrives on campus. Lee has said that immediate playing time is important to him. Perhaps that was what kept Kentucky on his list for so long.
While his game does not match up perfectly to that of Lynn Bowden, Lee is just as dangerous with the ball in his hands. He is a dynamic player that can run routes, break tackles, return kicks, and outrun just about any defender that you put on him.
Although their success is usually defined by their defense, LSU is known for having talent at skills positions, particularly wide receiver. Leonard Fournette, Jarvis Landry, and Odell Beckham, Jr. are the most well-known former Tigers in the NFL right now, Throwing those three names out there is quite the recruiting pitch in and of itself.
Thankfully, Kentucky will not have to play against Lee and the Tigers this season. Good luck to him at LSU, as Kentucky may still look to add a few more skill guys on National Signing Day.