Just a few short weeks since publicly committing to the University of Southern California, the college football world was turned upside down by the news that the #1 athlete in the country, Bru McCoy, would be leaving the program before he ever really started. Now, on the surface this move is a head scratcher. Why would McCoy, who has been a lifelong USC fan, a native Californian that has a Trojan jersey hanging in his bedroom, leave to go to the Deep South and play for the Longhorns? Sure, the Longhorns are a fantastic up-and-coming program that will be in the mix for a spot in the College Football Playoff race next year, but the heart wants what the heart wants, right? Sometimes you just know, ya know?
While USC is, well, USC and they certainly have a level of glitz and glamor of being in Los Angeles that Texas simply can't compete with, reports indicated that McCoy was enamored with the idea of playing with Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. I mean, if you think about it, what else would be all that exciting about going to a 5-7 team with a relatively mediocre draft class?
McCoy quickly signed with USC, although his commitment was not made public until January 5. Almost as soon as he committed, Kingsbury decided to jump ship and was hired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Now, you can't really blame Kingsbury, as the prospect of being a head coach in the NFL is something that almost nobody can pass up. But for every kid that committed to the USC in 2019 on the offensive side of the football, Kingsbury was a huge selling point. Offensive coordinators and position-specific coaches interact with players on a day-to-day basis more than the head coach.
When McCoy learned of the news, he was not too happy. He became agitated as an early enrollee already taking classes at USC and put his name into the transfer portal this past week. Almost as soon as his name appeared, people started linking him to Texas. As one of the two final schools, Texas made the most sense for McCoy. He feels comfortable with the coaches, at the school, and is going to join not only a school that will more than likely be ranked in the top 10 to start the season, but a class that any offensive guru would salivate over.
After focusing heavily on the defensive side of the football last year, head coach Tom Herman had to replace the likes of LJ Humphrey and a few offensive linemen. Herman acted quickly, enrolling the #2 athlete in the country and the #34 prospect overall in Jordan Whittington, who also projects to be a wide receiver. To go along with Whittington, the Horns have signed Jake Smith, who some have as a five star, four star Trinity Catholic wide receiver Marcus Washington, and a plethora of offensive linemen that will quickly replace a depleted group. To go along with the talent at wide receiver and on the offensive line, Herman was also able to sign the #5 dual threat quarterback in the 2019 class in Roschon Johnson, who seems to be the heir apparent to Sam Ehlinger.
Seeing the type of talent that is now coming to Texas, McCoy acted quickly, signing his aid agreement with the Horns on Friday, just two days after putting his name into the transfer portal. Now, the idea of seeing McCoy wearing burnt orange in 2019 is still shaded in controversy. By rule, as an early enrollee, McCoy would have to sit out the 2019 season because he decided to transfer. However, he could receive a waiver from the NCAA because of the situation involving Kingsbury. If the NCAA deems that Kingsbury leaving is a justifiable reason for McCoy to transfer, then they could give him that waiver and he could be tearing apart Big 12 defenses with the likes of Whittington, Washington, and Smith, as well as senior Collin Johnson, senior Devin Duvernay, talented sophomore Brennan Eagles, and fifth-year senior John Burt, who was injured for the entirety of the 2018 season. Now, McCoy did play some edge rusher and linebacker in high school, but this is the Big 12. Unless McCoy blossoms into the next Malik Jefferson, expect to see him catching passes and juking out defenders every Saturday.
In short, with the commitment from Bru McCoy, Texas now has five players in the top 100 and eight (!) in the top 150. The Longhorns leapfrogged the Texas A&M Aggies and the Oklahoma Sooners as the #3 recruiting class in the country. If the Longhorns are able to gain a few more key recruits in February, they will have back-to-back top three recruiting classes in the entire country. Texas is BACK, folks. I know people have been saying that for years, but after a thrashing of the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl, an almost-certain top 10 ranking to start next season, and another talented recruiting class, it has become quite apparent that Texas is once again a force to be reckoned with.
If you want to see just how good McCoy is, check out his highlight tape below, courtesy of MaxPreps.
By Peter Packowski