Bru McCoy

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Bru McCoy
USC Trojans – No. 4
PositionWide receiver
ClassFreshman Redshirt
Career history
  • USC (2019–present)
High schoolMater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
Personal information
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Horace "Bru" McCoy III is an American college football wide receiver who attends the University of Southern California (USC) and plays for the USC Trojans.

Early life[edit]

Horace McCoy III received the nickname "Bruiser", from his grandmother when he was eight months old; the nickname was later shortened to "Bru".[1][2] His parents were athletes at Northern Illinois University; his father, Horace II, played college football, and his mother, Shelby, played volleyball.[3] He has two sisters, Alexa and Ava.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

Though the McCoy family lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, he went to Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, instead of Palos Verdes High School, because he thought it would improve his chances of playing college football.[4] He played for Mater Dei's football team as a wide receiver and linebacker.[1] In his senior year, he had 77 receptions for 1,428 yards and 18 touchdowns as a receiver, and five sacks as a linebacker.[5] MaxPreps named him their National Football Player of the Year.[6] He was named to the All-American Bowl, and won the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.[7]

Out of high school, ranked him the ninth-best recruit in the class of 2019.[4] McCoy committed to the University of Southern California (USC) to play for the USC Trojans.[8] He graduated early from Mater Dei and enrolled at USC in January 2019. After 17 days, he opted to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin, as he felt betrayed by Kliff Kingsbury, the Trojans' offensive coordinator, leaving USC to be the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.[4][9][10] He participated in spring practice with the Texas Longhorns, before he decided to leave Texas.[11] He transferred back to USC in June.[12] He missed several months of the 2019 season due to symptoms that were never diagnosed, and took a redshirt for the season.[13][14] McCoy made his college football debut for the Trojans in the 2020 season.[15] He caught 21 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Two-way standout Bru McCoy emerges as Mater Dei's physical presence". Orange County Register. August 22, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Five-Star Athlete, Bru McCoy, Looks Back on Storied Mater Dei Career". December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Morales, Antonio. "'He was worth it': Bru McCoy's tumultuous 2019, as those in his corner lived it". The Athletic. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Fader, Mirin. "The Mystery of Bru McCoy". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Times' high school football player of the year: Bru McCoy". Los Angeles Times. December 29, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Mater Dei's Bru McCoy named national football player of the year by MaxPreps". The Orange County Register. January 3, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "All-American Bowl Awards: Winners announced for All-American Bowl Awards". USA Today. January 5, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Mater Dei receiver Bru McCoy commits to USC". The Orange County Register. January 5, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Litman, Laken. "Bru McCoy's transfer saga is one of a kind". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Jones, Kaelen. "Five-star USC commit Bru McCoy transfers to Texas". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "Ex-Mater Dei football star Bru McCoy leaving Texas, may be headed back to USC". The Orange County Register. May 31, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  12. ^ McCollough, J. Brady (June 11, 2019). "USC announces arrivals of Bru McCoy and Chris Steele to football program". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Illness and a Texas detour left Bru McCoy hurting. Clay Helton helped him turn a corner". Los Angeles Times. August 10, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (October 30, 2019). "USC Trojans freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy to miss 2019, debut next season". ESPN. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  15. ^ "Bru McCoy leading next wave of young USC receivers". The Orange County Register. December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  16. ^ Grad, Austin (January 3, 2021). "Analysis: How Amon-Ra St. Brown's Departure Effects USC's Offense: A look into how USC's receiving group stacks up in 2021". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 11, 2021.

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