ESPN 300 WR Coutee reopens recruitment

The coaching change at Texas has led to another decommitment, but this one might only be temporary.

ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Keke Coutee (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin) confirmed on Monday he has reopened his recruitment. Despite his decision, Coutee is still strongly considering the Longhorns.

Lufkin assistant coach Alton Dixon said the 5-foot-9, 170-pound receiver believed this was simply the right thing to do right now.

"You're talking about a kid who really likes the University of Texas, is really a big fan of Texas and nothing changed about him liking the school," Dixon said. "What happened is he wanted to decommit so that he can establish relationships with the guys that are new, the new coaches, the new staff and I think that's just fair for him. He's not a flip-flopping kid."

Coutee hadn't heard from the Texas coaching staff in several weeks during the transition from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong. He decided last week to back out of his commitment but kept quiet about the move for days because he didn't want the attention.

Texas has yet to officially announce any hires for its coaching staff under Strong, and Coutee doesn't know who will take over as wide receivers coach. For that reason, reopening his recruitment made sense.

"He had a great relationship with Coach [Bo] Davis, a great relationship with Coach [Darrell] Wyatt and a great relationship with Coach Brown," Dixon said. "It all deteriorated with the movement and the change. He made this decision and he presented the decision to us coaches and it was thought-out and really a valid reason."

Coutee, a four-star prospect ranked No. 171 in the ESPN Junior 300, holds offers from Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech and has also heard from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and TCU.

As a junior, he caught 59 passes for 869 yards and eight touchdowns. He originally committed to Texas in June 2013 during a Longhorn summer camp.

Once Texas' coaching staff is in place and back on the road recruiting, Dixon would not be surprised if Coutee ended up eventually pledging to Texas again.

"He is a Texas guy. He loves Texas," Dixon said. "With Coach Brown there, that was just the cherry on the whipped cream. He is gung-ho orange. But he's just making the right decision for himself."

Following Coutee's decommitment, Texas has eight verbal commitments for its 2015 class, including four ranked in the ESPN Junior 300.