June 23, 2024

Vols land former 5-Star via the transfer portal

Former USC wide receiver, Bru McCoy, announced his commitment to the Vols on Tuesday night via his Instagram.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Wide receiver Bru McCoy (4) of the USC Trojans warms up before the spring game at Los Angeles Coliseum on April 17, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Tennessee’s already dangerous offense added one of the most talented wide receivers in the transfer portal by landing former 5-star talent, Bru McCoy. He announced his decision to transfer from The University of Southern California to the University of Tennessee via his Instagram post on Tuesday night.

In 2019, the Santa Ana, Calif. native was rated the No. 1 athlete in his recruiting class and the No. 9 prospect overall, according to 247Sports Composite. McCoy always dreamed of playing for his hometown USC Trojans and eventually, he opted to continue his football and academic career at USC and play under offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. This did not last long, though, as two days after McCoy signed with the Trojans, Kingsbury took the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job which prompted McCoy to enter the transfer portal just a few weeks later. Initially, McCoy transferred to the University of Texas where he participated in spring practice, but he only spent a total of four months in Austin before heading back home to USC.

After returning to USC, McCoy redshirted in the 2019 season after an illness sidelined him for several months of the season. McCoy’s first real collegiate action came in the shortened 2020 season because of Covid-19, where he recorded 21 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy’s production was not anywhere near where it could have been due to the duo of 2021 fourth-round pick Amon-Ra St. Brown and 2022 first-round pick Drake London being in front of him on the depth chart.

McCoy did not participate in the 2021 season but is ranked No. 2 among all players in the transfer portal by 247Sports.

McCoy has three remaining seasons of eligibility remaining and is looking for the chance to make an impact right away in coach Josh Heupel’s fast-paced, high-scoring offense. He will likely play a big role for a team looking to pick up right where they left off last year.