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Bru McCoy Hoping Third School is the Charm at Tennessee

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Bru McCoy

2019 HS, Transfer WR – Tennessee Commit

The Basics

Bru McCoy is a former class of 2019, 5-star receiver out of Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Bru was the top-ranked Athlete and the 9th overall player nationally in 2019. As a high schooler, he played with current Alabama QB Bryce Young, where the two produced some of the best highlights I’ve ever seen from a high school QB + WR duo. It makes it even more impressive when considering that Mater Dei played a national schedule against some of the best competition in the country.

McCoy began his career at USC, before opting to transfer to Texas when offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury took a job with the Arizona Cardinals. By the end of spring, McCoy had opted to transfer back to USC. The next season he missed most of the year after contracting an unknown virus. Then last season he missed most of the year after being suspended from the team due to unrelated off-the-field legal issues. Though the charges he faced were eventually dropped, the team maintained his suspension. Shortly after Lincoln Riley took the USC job, McCoy entered his name into the transfer portal. While there were many suitors for the former 5-star, Tennessee was considered the front runner to land his talents for nearly the entirety of his transfer process. Earlier this week Tennessee and head coach Josh Heupel solidified that frontrunner status, receiving a commitment from McCoy.

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Roster Outlook

According to Ourlads.com, the projected depth charts for next season by role consist of WR-X, Cedric Tilman (Rs Sr.) Ramel Keyton (Sr.), Kaleb Webb (Fr.), Cameron Miller (Fr.). WR-Z, Jalin Hyatt (Jr.), Walker Merrill (So.), Chas Nimrod (Fr.). WR-Y, Jimmy Calloway (Rs So.), Jimmy Holiday (Jr.), Marquarius White (Fr.).

Bru McCoy will almost certainly slot in at WR X or maybe Z depending on fit and how Coach Heupel feels about his receiver’s room.

How he fits and opportunities for playing time

Bru McCoy was that guy in high school, in fact. He was an All-American and the top scorer on one of the best teams in the country. He hasn’t come close to that at the collegiate level. He has shown flashes, but between health, legal issues, and moving around, he has not been able to carve out a starring role, yet. I say yet because it is undeniable that he has the tools to be the guy with ideal circumstances. While there are no guarantees, I do think Tennessee does provide the opportunity to get back to where he was as a high schooler.

Head Coach Josh Heupel is an offensive mastermind, and Tennessee has a top-tier passing offense. McCoy is nothing short of dynamic when healthy. Players like Cedric Tillman and Jalin Hyatt won’t give up their top spots easily, but if McCoy is healthy he could very well become one of the top guys for this Tennessee offense. I genuinely think that he would be even better at linebacker, but he’s committed to playing receiver. I’d look for him to start next year at a minimum, how well he does will be directly linked to health and staying out of trouble. If he can do those two things, I have no doubt he will produce on the field. We have him as a four-star transfer based on his athletic potential alone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]