Last year, despite injuries to star quarterback Hudson Card and elite tight end Lake McRee, Lake Travis still made a run to the semifinals of the 6A D1 playoffs.
Hudson Card, after a tremendous career committed to The University of Texas. Lake McRee decided to join him there. Until in February, McRee de-committed. Shortly after he announced that in 2021 he’s taking his talents to USC.
“Multiple things went into my decision, one being I was fortunate enough to be able to visit before this entire pandemic occurred. I have family out there, and the coaches really told me I have a good opportunity to play early and contribute big time to the team,” McRee said.
Lake McRee is a three-star tight end via the 247Sports Composite. Despite missing all of his junior year with a torn ACL he’s still ranked as the 21st best tight end in the 2021 class and thus the 64th ranked player overall in the state of Texas.
As a sophomore, he hauled in 17 catches for 274 yards and two touchdowns.
“What leads me to my success is that I can do a little bit of everything,” the 6’4 tight end said. “I can block, run routes, and catch the ball. My team is also a huge portion of my success and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them.”
McRee is a part of one of the best programs that the state of Texas has to offer. Lake Travis has won six state championships, all since 2007. The Cavaliers constantly have some of the best talents in the nation, coming through their doors. Lake Mcree looks to be the next on that long list.
“Being a part of Lake Travis is great. You’re around the best competition in the country as well as the best coaches you could possibly ask for. It’s just such a historic program it’s very cool to play for,” McRee explained.
Lake Travis last won a state championship in 2016 when they defeated The Woodlands, 41-6. Since then, in 2017 they went to the 6A D1 state title game, losing a nail biter to Allen. The past two years they’ve made it to the semifinals, each time losing to North Shore.
In 2020, Hudson Card among others moved on. Luckily, while Card was missing time in 2019 due to an injury, back-up Nate Yarnell got a lot of reps for the Cavaliers. Yarnell is now a three-star quarterback who’s committed to Pittsburgh.
McRee is confident that 2020 could see Lake Travis at the apex of the mountaintop again.
“We have many goals in 2020, but obviously the biggest one is to not only make it to the state championship but bring that ring home. I know I and my teammates have been talking about that for many years and I think it’s about time we make it a reality,” McRee said.
Lake McRee is simply put, one of, if not the best tight end in all of Texas. A kid who on the field can do it all, block, catch, whatever you need done McRee can do it and do it well.
Expect McRee to be an integral part of the Cavaliers offense in 2020 and for years to come at USC and beyond.
“I’m very aggressive and competitive on the field and I will do whatever it takes to win. But, off the field, I’m a nice and pretty easy going person and am very approachable,” McRee said.