Farrell: With Fresh Start, Bru McCoy can Shine at Tennessee
Can Bru McCoy finally put it all together? The big wide receiver has his chance now in Knoxville after two stops in LA, one in Texas and a whole lot of off-the-field issues and distractions.
McCoy is a former class of 2019, five-star receiver out of Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California. As a high schooler, he played with current Alabama QB Bryce Young, where the two produced some of the best highlights you’ll see. 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 Cliff 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 Huepel solidified that frontrunner status, receiving a commitment from McCoy and now the speculation begins.
McCoy recorded 21 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the shortened 2020 season as USC was loaded at wide receiver. The 6-foot-3, 230 pounder was expected to break out last season but his arrest curtailed any hope. But as a big receiver who can run and is gifted athletically there is little question of his physical abilities. But he’s a long way from that dominant 2019 high school recruit. As others in that class have just been drafted he’s starting his journey over again.
I have him as a 4-star transfer because of his upside and the Vols need depth at wide receiver. He could also play tight end, h back or even linebacker. This is a high risk and high reward pickup for Tennessee as many schools passed on him. Time will tell if he’s going to resurrect his promise.