BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 8 was four-star RB Keyvone Lee.
What makes you excited about Keyvone Lee?
“I think first and foremost it starts with Lee’s tremendous balance. He just always seems to be in control when he’s running. When you combine that body control with his elite size for a running back (6-foot-0, 210 pounds), and it makes for a very difficult guy to bring down. Beyond that though, Lee is much more than just a bruiser. He might not have the 4.4 long speed, but he accelerates quickly and displays really good change of direction when in the open field.” --Patrick
What worries you about Keyvone Lee?
“Lee is a very good running back. However, he lacks top end speed. By no means is Lee slow, but he also does not have the ability to just run past a defense the way guys like Journey Brown, Ricky Slade, or fellow classmate Caziah Holmes can. While Lee has all the tools needed to be a very good running back at the collegiate level, his lack of top end speed could be the difference between being a great back and an elite one.” --Marty
Do you think Keyvone Lee will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?
“As I mentioned with Holmes (editor’s note: coming soon!), it’s tough to say since it looks like there may be six running backs on scholarship this year. Journey Brown, Devyn Ford, Ricky Slade and Noah Cain will all play, so I think Lee probably redshirts.” --Clay
What is your projection for Keyvone Lee: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, all-american?
“Starter. Maybe he ends up more of a rotation player, because I could see Lee getting 10-15 carries a game in multiple years despite never technically being the starter. Again, six scholarship backs.” --Clay
“One-year starter, but in the Miles Sanders form where he is blocked by some excellent running back talent and then turns his first year as a starter into a nice NFL paycheck.” --Marty
“All-conference. I originally had this as starter because of the whole running back by committee thing, but seriously, Lee is a special talent.” --Patrick
Lastly, where do you have Keyvone Lee ranked in Penn State’s class?