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Prolonged illness to blame for Bru McCoy’s absence at USC camp

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Bru McCoy‘s journey to playing his first college football game has certainly been one of the more unique ones we have seen in college football. After committing to USC during the early signing period, only to turn around and sign with Texas and go through spring practices in Austin, McCoy transferred back to USC and is now with the Trojans preparing for the 2019 season. There’s just one problem. McCoy hasn’t been able to participate in practices at USC because he is battling an illness that seems to have some doctors a bit perplexed.

According to the Los Angels Times, McCoy has not yet stepped on a practice field during camp with the Trojans because he is being diagnosed with fevers. Trips to medical specialists have yielded no definitive explanations with procedures and treatment for a variety of possibilities being explored. As McCoy’s father told the Los Angeles newspaper, doctors just cannot figure it out.

How long this continues is anyone’s guess, but head coach Clay Helton has confirmed McCoy has been able to attend team meetings and believes his new wide receiver is getting closer to being able to participate fully in practices.

There is still the question of what exactly McCoy’s standing with the NCAA eligibility is for 2019. Although McCoy is a member of the Class of 2019, there is some question on whether or not he will have to actually sit out a season this fall to comply with the NCAA transfer rules. Technically, as a transfer, McCoy is required to sit out the 2019 season before being ruled eligible in 2020 with four years still to use. Because McCoy has never been a college student for a fall semester yet, however, seems to suggest the NCAA should not need to uphold the standard transfer rule against McCoy.

A decision from the NCAA is still pending.

Four-star 2019 Florida signee once ticketed for Oregon granted immediate eligibility at USC

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Chris Steele‘s wild ride through the offseason will end up back where it was expected — the ability to play in 2019, albeit at a different university than first (or second) thought.

After landing as at USC as a transfer, Chris Steele sought a waiver from the NCAA that would give him immediate eligibility for the upcoming season.  Tuesday night, the Trojans confirmed on Twitter that the waiver has been granted.

The development was yet another twist in what’s been a dizzying last three months for the defensive back.

After announcing in early May that he would be transferring from Florida, Steele revealed not long after that he would be transferring to Oregon to continue his collegiate playing career. However, it was subsequently reported that Steele would be enrolling instead at USC. That development came after Steele took an official visit to Eugene but was subsequently seen on the USC campus with Bru McCoy, another touted 2019 signee who left for Texas but ultimately returned to USC.

A four-star 2019 signee, Steele was rated as the No. 5 cornerback in the country; the No. 6 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 42 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He easily was the highest-rated signee in the Gators’ class this year.

USC transfer WR Keyshawn Young moves on to Marshall

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Another of the handful of USC wide receivers who left the Trojans this offseason has found a new college football home.

On his personal Twitter account Monday, Keyshawn Young announced that he will be continuing his playing career at Marshall.  The missive comes a little over a month after Young utilized the same social media website to confirm his transfer from the Trojans.

Barring an unexpected turn of events, Young will be forced to sit out the 2019 season to comply with NCAA transfer bylaws.  That would then make the 2020 season his final year of eligibility.

Young was a three-star member of the Trojans’ 2016 recruiting class.  The 5-11, 170-pound Florida native played in nine games, all at cornerback, during his true freshman season before moving to wide receiver prior to his sophomore campaign.  He didn’t catch a pass in either of the past two seasons.

In addition to Young, Randal Grimes (UNLV), Josh Imatorbhebhe (Illinois), Trevon Sidney (Illinois) are all receivers who have left the Land of Troy this offseason and found new homes.  Bru McCoy (Texas) and Velus Jones (NCAA transfer database) left as well before experiencing a change of heart and ultimately returning HERE and HERE.

Florida transfer once ticketed for Oregon officially lands at USC

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It was quite the banner day for USC’s personnel acquisition department Tuesday.

First, the Pac-12 school confirmed that Bru McCoy had rejoined the team after a brief sojourn to Austin.  Not long after, and confirming reports that surfaced earlier this month, the Trojans officially welcomed Florida signee Chris Steele to the football program’s family.

After announcing in early May that he would be transferring from Florida, Steele revealed not long after that he would be transferring to Oregon to continue his collegiate playing career. However, it was subsequently reported that Steele would be enrolling instead at USC. That development came after Steele took an official visit to Eugene but was subsequently seen on the USC campus with McCoy.

A four-star 2019 signee, Steele was rated as the No. 5 cornerback in the country; the No. 6 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 42 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He easily was the highest-rated signee in the Gators’ class this year.

USC makes five-star WR Bru McCoy’s return from Texas official

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Bru McCoy‘s journey has led him back to the place at which he began his collegiate career.

Tuesday evening, USC confirmed on Twitter that McCoy, after much speculation and consternation, is back with the Trojans football program.  The confirmation from the school comes nearly two weeks after McCoy indicated on social media that he would be returning to the Land of Troy.

For those who haven’t been keeping score at home: McCoy, a five-star 2019 recruit who signed with USC in December, was reportedly mulling a transfer to Texas a month later… which was followed not long after by USC granting a release to McCoy from his National Letter of Intent so he would be free to move about the country… which was followed by McCoy signing with Texas in late January… which was followed by reports that surfaced Memorial Day that McCoy (pictured, No. 5) had told USC head coach Clay Helton he had decided to leave Texas and return to USC.

The last Tuesday of May, it was reported that a “severe case of homesickness” had led to the California native’s uncertainty.  That same day, another report surfaced that a UT contingent, headed by head coach Tom Herman, made the trek to the Golden State in an attempt to convince McCoy to stick to his commitment to the Longhorns.  That move didn’t bear fruit as McCoy confirmed on the last day of last month that he would be returning to the Trojans.

McCoy was the highest-rated member of USC’s 2019 recruiting class, the only five-star prospect pulled in by Helton & Company this cycle.  On 247Sports.com‘s composite board, McCoy was rated as the No. 1 athlete in the country; the No. 2 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 9 player overall in this class.

It’s believed that McCoy will have to sit out the 2019 season, although this convoluted situation remains decidedly fluid.