Tennessee Eying Transfer Wide Receiver Bru McCoy; Here’s What to Know

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    The Tennessee Volunteers and head coach Josh Heupel are actively targeting former USC transfer wide receiver Bru McCoy.

    After entering the transfer portal on Jan. 13, McCoy is now the second-highest uncommitted wide receiver in On3 Sports’ transfer portal rankings.

    McCoy spent the first three seasons of his college career in Los Angeles, but it didn’t always look to be that way. During his senior year in high school in January of 2019, McCoy committed to, signed with, enrolled at, and decommitted from USC in the span of 19 days. Then, over the course of the next three days, McCoy would commit to the Longhorns and enroll at the University of Texas.

    In June of 2019, McCoy would pull out one more reversal, officially enrolling back at USC before his fall freshman classes began. Three years later and the rising redshirt-junior wide receiver is now in the transfer portal.

    According to 247 Sports’ Chris Hummer on Thursday, McCoy is set to take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. With McCoy in Knoxville, he will be able to sync up with the Tennessee coaching staff and players to see if the fit is right. After losing wide receivers JaVonta Peyton and Velus Jones Jr to graduation, the Vols will be looking to replace some production from their wideouts. Tennessee will return leading receiver Cedric Tillman, along with other veterans such as  Jalin Hyatt and Ramel Keyton. However, a receiver like McCoy would be a big addition to an already strong offense.

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    In addition to Hummer’s report, 247 Sports’ Greg Biggins also added in that McCoy and his family would be in Knoxville from Mar. 27-30. Biggins also said in his report that Tennessee is believed to be “in a good place” when it comes to McCoy’s recruitment.

    Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 220 pounds, McCoy has great size for a receiver on the outside. Unfortunately, though, his talent hasn’t been on the field very much in the last few seasons due to illness and injury.

    Bru McCoy took a redshirt year during his freshman season in 2019 due to illness before becoming a hidden piece to USC’s offense in 2020. During that COVID-shortened season, McCoy had 21 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns in six games. McCoy did not see the field during the 2021 season after being hit with a suspension following an arrest for domestic assault in July of 2021. One month later, though, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced that McCoy would not be facing charges for that arrest.

    As a recruit, McCoy was one of the top prospects in the entire 2019 class. McCoy was ranked by 247 Sports as the 10th player in the class, the top-ranked athlete in the class, and the second-ranked player from the state of California. In addition, McCoy was also ranked as a five-star prospect.

    As a former USC receiver himself, former Tennessee wideout Velus Jones Jr would have crossed paths with McCoy for one season in Los Angeles. Jones Jr’s final season with USC in 2019 would have also been McCoy’s first season with the Trojans.

    “Unique two-way player with a high projection at receiver or outside linebacker,” Greg Biggins said about Bru McCoy in an evaluation from 2018. “Big, strong and physical as a wideout with good hands and high-level body control. Runs well enough to get behind a defense, makes the tough catch look routine and can do something with the ball in his hands after the catch as well. Is also a tremendous blocker and plays with incredible effort.”

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.