With the early signing period in the past, Santa Ana (Ca.) Mater Dei athlete Bru McCoy is now the second-highest ranked recruit in the country yet to make a decision.
That all changes on Saturday, when the 6’2.5, 212-pounder announces his choice during the fourth quarter of the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on NBC. Widely expected to pick between the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans, the home-state program is considered the heavy favorite.
And, in fact, McCoy told Inside Texas on Thursday that he knows where he’s going, with plans to inform both coaching staffs on Friday.
“I made my mind up before I came out here,” McCoy said. “I made a point to do that. My mind’s made up. I’m solid on where I’m going. Now, it’s weird trying to play the game, still playing both sides in my head. I know where I’m going.”
Once McCoy makes his decision, he plans on enrolling at his school of choice in the coming days.
Much discussion in his recruitment over the last several weeks has been about the impact that new USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will have on McCoy’s decision. The former Texas Tech head coach was hired in early December, so he hasn’t had a great deal of time to build a relationship with the McCoys, but there are also rumors of connections to NFL jobs that came open last week.
So McCoy knows that he will have to make his decision based on education, life off the football field, and life after football. Understanding that reality, Texas has tried to sell McCoy on the benefits of getting a degree in Austin.
“They showed me if I were to be from Austin, Texas, this is the way I would perceive Texas — the same way I would being from LA and looking at SC,” McCoy said. “They gave me that whole background. They helped me understand the whole alumni network, how much fan support there is, the amount of love the fans have for the school, how they support you outside of football, and how the city of Austin stands behind the school.”
Around noon on Saturday, Longhorns fans will find out if that pitch was enough to land the nation’s No. 7 player and No. 1 athlete, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.