Five-star athlete Bru McCoy is set to leave USC football, putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal and dealing the Trojans a major blow to their 2019 recruiting class.
USC football’s woes have gone from bad to worse in 2019. The Trojans prized recruit in the class of 2019, Bru McCoy, is now set to transfer away from USC.
The five-star Mater Dei product has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, according to Tom VanHarren of ESPN.
McCoy was one of USC’s most recent additions to the class of 2019. He committed to the Trojans at the All-American Bowl on January 5, picking the Trojans over Texas, and was enrolled in classes days later.
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Getting McCoy on campus as an early enrollee was a huge deal for USC. After all, he ranks ninth nationally and second in the state of California for 2019, per the 247Sports composite. Though he also played outside linebacker in high school, he projected to play wide receiver for the Trojans, likely receiving passes from high school teammate JT Daniels.
Now, that plan is out the window. The coveted athlete will leave the Trojans without even putting on a practice uniform, much like offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
In fact, it is Kingsbury’s departure earlier this January which may have initiated McCoy’s desire to leave. Excitement over Kingsbury’s hiring was one of the factors in McCoy committing to USC instead of Texas. But the now-Arizona Cardinal head coach is gone and the Trojans have gone more than two weeks without naming a replacement.
McCoy’s departure leaves USC without another five-star commit in the class of 2019. His commitment along with that of Kyle Ford helped vault the Trojans into the Top 15 of the 247Sports team rankings. His absence will be a big blow as Clay Helton and company attempt to finish up recruiting before the February Signing Day.
As for McCoy, because he enrolled in classes, he will likely have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. However, he could seek a waiver to play immediately.