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Big 12 Teams Chase Coutee
Lufkin athlete Keke Coutee committed to Texas last June and appeared to be destined for Austin. But the offseason coaching change resulted in Coutee decommitting from the Longhorns in mid-January. Lufkin head coach Todd Quick said Texas' new staff remains in contact with Coutee, while the other two Big 12 programs that have offered him -- Oklahoma and Texas Tech -- have also been in hot pursuit of the athletic 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster. "Oklahoma is in on him hard, and Texas Tech real hard. Texas is still talking to him," Quick said. "(Texas Tech coach Kliff) Kingsbury was in not long ago before the dead period and spoke to him personally." Quick said that Texas Tech has liked Coutee from the start. "They were in on him early," Quick said of Texas Tech. "Immediately after (his decommitment) got out, they came right back." Coutee possesses the athleticism and versatility to play receiver or cornerback at the next level, although receiver is where he is more comfortable right now since he has so many more reps there, Quick said. Receiver does seem to be his more natural position. What really stands out about Coutee is his short-area quickness and change-of-direction ability. He can really make defenders miss in the open field, which is why Lufkin so often dumps it to him in the flat and tells him to "go," so to speak. Texas Tech wants Coutee as a receiver all the way, Quick added. He said that Oklahoma and Texas have recruited Coutee as an either-or prospect at receiver or cornerback. Coutee's previous commitment to Texas was as an athlete with the likelihood that he would have played cornerback for the prior Longhorns staff. Coutee has enjoyed back-to-back big years in his first two seasons of varsity football for Lufkin. As a junior in 2013, he caught 77 passes for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the Panthers in all three categories as they made a first-round playoff appearance. Coutee caught 64 passes for 864 yards and 10 scores during a 9-4 campaign. Coutee is 1 of 3 players in Lufkin's 2015 class who has an FBS offer. Offensive lineman Erik McCoy (6-4, 295) and receiver Terry Mark (6-2, 180) have each been offered by Houston. Mark's older brother is Cougars defensive tackle Tomme Mark, who was a standout at Lufkin himself before going to U of H. Quarterback Trey Cumbie (6-2, 189) is another player in Lufkin's 2015 class to keep an eye on. Cumbie is a baseball standout and holds a Rice baseball offer, but Quick expects football programs to ramp up their interest as Cumbie's senior season approaches. The left-handed Cumbie will be East Texas' leading returning passer this fall after he threw for more than 2,700 yards in 2013.
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