Friendswood's Christian Lee commits to North Texas

FRIENDSWOOD —For many year, North Texas State University was considered an easy opponent and was only recognized as the home of NFL Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene of the Pittsburg Steelers.

However, in recent years, new head coach Seth Littrell has fashioned a 23-17 record in Denton through his first three seasons after guiding North Texas to nine wins for the second straight season in 2018. It marked the second set of back-to-back nine win seasons in program history (1977-78). UNT reached its third straight bowl game, as Littrell became the first North Texas head coach to take his team to three consecutive bowls in his first three seasons.

However the one position where Littrell and his staff wanted to utilize more starting the 2019 season was tight end. And that's where Christian Lee comes in as the Mean Green make plans for the future. They have a senior tight end that will close out his college career in 2019 and Lee will step in next season with a chance to compete for a starting position and to keep UNT on the rise in college football.

Lee announced his commitment on Twitter and talked about what the key thing was behind his decision.

“The coaches,” Lee said. “They were genuine people and treated me like family and treated me like I was needed in their program. Everything [was great], there wasn’t anything about the trip I disliked. I’m excited about this opportunity."

Last season as a junior, Lee was named as an All-District second-team tight end after he caught 37 passes for 569 yards and five touchdowns.

The 6-4, 215 pound tight end will no doubt get bigger and improve with more experience with another high school season under his belt.

“I was with coach Mayes and coach Walerius and they said I’m going to be a big part in this offense,” Lee said. “They said the hybrid tight end spot is a very hard position to find and [I am] perfect for it.”

Heading into his senior season at Friendswood, Lee is ready to get to work to begin preparing for the next level and prove to the Mean Green the value he can bring to this already dynamic offense.

"I’m excited to work on gaining weight and learning about the tight end position as a whole," Lee said.