Texas Tech is losing its best offensive weapon in 2018, as junior wide receiver Keke Coutee announced on Instagram Sunday he is going to skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
Coutee wrote in his post:
Red Raider Nation,
With so much thought and prayer through this difficult process, I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. This was such a difficult decision I had to make for me and my family. Thank you all for an amazing 3 years at the best University there is. Lubbock will always have a special place in my heart and I will always call Lubbock home. #GUNSUPFOREVER !!
Coutee capped off his Texas Tech career in impressive fashion with 11 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown in a heartbreaking 38-34 loss to USF in the Birmingham Bowl.
The junior wide receiver finished the season with 1,429 receiving yards on 93 catches and 10 touchdowns. Coutee is currently second in the country in receiving yards to Boise State’s Cedrik Wilson. But he’s not likely to end there as many players have yet to play in their bowl games yet, including Oklahoma State’s James Washington, who is only six yards behind Coutee.
Regardless, it’s been a very impressive career for Coutee, who had 11 catches his freshman year out of Lufkin, Texas, improved to 55 last season and then 93 in 2017.
When it comes to the NFL Draft, Coutee is listed at just 5’11” and 180 pounds, which may hold him back. But if he can stay healthy at the next level, I could see him becoming a serviceable slot receiver. All the best to Coutee as he begins the next journey of his football career.