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5-star ATH Bru McCoy includes Texas in top 8

One of the nation’s top prospects named the Longhorns in his top group on Friday.


One of the top prospects in the country has trimmed some of the fat in his recruitment and the Texas Longhorns are still a factor. On Friday evening, elite Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei athlete Bru McCoy announced his top eight, with Texas, Oregon, USC, Washington, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida State and UCLA each remaining in the mix.

A five-star prospect with 26 total offers, McCoy visited Texas weeks ago over the April 27 weekend, and came away raving of his relationship with the Longhorns staff.

“I had a great visit there and really loved Austin as a city,” McCoy told 247Sports Greg Biggins of why Texas made the cut. “Coach Herman is great, he has that young energy about him and I like the way he carries himself. He’s the kind of guy you want to play for, he has a bravado about him and I get why he had so much success at Houston. They’re going to be good and they’re doing a great job recruiting me. Plus I like their plan for me, they like me at receiver and then a pass rusher on defense.”

The ‘Horns will have their hands full in this recruitment, though, as USC is considered the heavy favorite, owning all 11 of his Crystal Ball projections.

With that in mind, Texas could make another major statement in McCoy’s recruitment on Sept. 15, as he’s expected to officially visit the Forty Acres when USC comes to Austin.

A versatile talent who plays both sides of the ball, Texas is recruiting McCoy as an X-receiver. Last season, he complemented his 23 tackles and two sacks with 46 receptions for 770 yards and 11 touchdowns. Now only eight teams remain in the mix for his services, and Texas seemingly has as good as a shot as any program not named USC.

Listed as 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, McCoy is ranked as the nation’s No. 21 player, No. 2 athlete and as the No. 2 player in California, per the 247Sports Composite.