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Reports: Former 5-star USC WR Bru McCoy enters the transfer portal

With the Mater Dei product seemingly poised to leave Los Angeles, Texas could be his next destination.

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Wide receiver Bru McCoy’s time with the USC Trojans may be coming to an end, essentially before it even begins, as Inside Texas and Horns247 reported on Thursday afternoon that McCoy has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

A former five-star athlete out of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, McCoy committed USC over the Texas Longhorns at the All-American Bowl earlier this month and subsequently enrolled in classes, but the rumor mill began churning this week indicating that the top-10 talent may be eyeing a transfer from the Trojans.

HornSports’ senior recruiting analyst Daniel Seahorn publicly noted the rumblings on Wednesday evening:

Earlier today we received a tip that McCoy was looking to finalize his intentions to enter the transfer portal. I wanted to dismiss it since it still seemed like a wild rumor, but after cross checking that (b)rumor in fact had legs. With things like this being sensitive and so incredibly fluid we didn’t want to hastily post something and get the board’s hopes up.

So where do things now? Well as things sit McCoy is still enrolled at USC, so there hasn’t been any movement just yet. Discussions were had today, but no official decision has been made.

On Thursday, the rumblings picked up steam from the USC side, including a report from the Rivals site covering the Trojans that coaches and teammates are working to keep McCoy from leaving:

McCoy, who ranks as the No. 9 recruit in the 247 Composite rankings, was a highly sought-after edge rusher and wide receiver at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High.

Initially considered a toss-up prospect between the Longhorns and the Trojans, McCoy ultimately decided to stay close to home and signed with the Trojans during the fourth quarter of the All-American Bowl on Jan. 5. But with the recent departure of offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who has since been named as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and uncertainties surrounding the future of the program, McCoy is reportedly considering entering the transfer portal and has had discussions with the USC coaching staff about his intentions.

In fact, according to one report from the USC side, McCoy was set to commit to Texas before Kingsbury convinced him to side with the Trojans. Now the Mater Dei product is expected to arrive in Texas next week, according to that report, and seek a hardship waiver to become eligible immediately. Adam Maye reported this morning that McCoy is indeed considering a transfer to Texas.

If McCoy is indeed in the transfer portal, the Longhorns coaching staff will be able to communicate with the former five-star prospect to start recruiting him to Austin once again.