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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.

QB Matt Fink reverses course, will remain at USC

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This really is becoming a thing in the Land of Troy.

In early May, it was reported that Matt Fink, who the month before had decided to leave USC, would be transferring to Illinois; that move was subsequently confirmed by his own father. Not long after, however, the quarterback took to Twitter to state that he has not yet committed to continuing his collegiate playing career with anyone, including the Fighting Illini.

On his Instagram account Thursday evening, though, Fink indicated that he will remain at USC and continue his collegiate career with the Trojans.

“Thank you to all the coaches that have reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to continue my career elsewhere,” Fink wrote, “but after a long month of soul searching, I have decided that my football future will continue here at USC with this special ‘Band of Brothers.’ #FightOn‬Forever.”

A three-star 2016 signee, Fink completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 89 yards and a touchdown in seven career games with the Trojans. The California product also ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Fink’s reversal continues a remarkable string of about-faces and change of hearts that should greatly benefit Clay Helton‘s football program.

Bru McCoy, a five-star 2019 signee, transferred to Texas from USC and participated in spring practice with the Longhorns before returning to the Trojans.  Both defensive back Greg Johnson and wide receiver Velus Jones signaled a move away from USC earlier this offseason before doing twin about-faces at separate times and returning to the Trojans.

Tuesday of this week brought word of yet another reversal, albeit with a slightly different twist.

After announcing in early May that he would be transferring from FloridaChris Steele revealed not long after that he would be transferring to Oregon to continue his collegiate playing career. However, it is now being reported that Steele will 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.

Five-star WR Bru McCoy confirms departure from Texas

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Bru McCoy is officially pulling a U-turn and appears headed back to the place where it all began.

The five-star recruit who already transferred from USC to Texas — all of four months ago — confirmed that he would be entering the transfer portal for a second time and is likely returning to the Trojans football team in the near future. McCoy provided a statement to 247Sports regarding the news, ending a week-long saga that saw him mull things over after experiencing a case of homesickness.

McCoy was originally one of the marquee recruits for USC during the early signing period, enrolling early as the highest-rated member of USC’s 2019 recruiting class. However, he eventually left the program not long after Kliff Kingsbury departed as offensive coordinator to join the Arizona Cardinals. The Southern California star made he way to Texas for spring practice before pulling his most recent 180.

Longhorns coach Tom Herman and quarterback Sam Ehlinger reportedly visited McCoy in Los Angeles earlier in the week to convince him to stay in Austin but such pleas apparently fell on deaf ears.

Now the only question that appears to be left is when McCoy might wind up re-enrolling at his next school — by all accounts that’s USC again — and what kind of eligibility he might have. While he’s technically transferred twice and you would think he would have to sit out a season before playing, we’re in uncharted territory and you never know what kind of waiver would get approved nowadays.

Something says this kind of back-and-forth will follow McCoy around no matter how well he plays on the field, but hopefully the young man at least has found where he’s comfortable at for the next several years.

Uncertainty reigns as Bru McCoy mulls transfer from Texas back to USC

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When it comes to the curious case of one five-star 2019 signee, what we know for sure is that we don’t really know anything.  At all.

For those who haven’t been keeping score at home: Five-star 2019 recruit Bru McCoy, 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 that he had decided to leave Texas and return to USC.

Tuesday, 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.  Thursday evening, one report indicated that those efforts had fallen short of the mark…

… although that report was followed by another a couple of hours later that indicated the initial report was inaccurate “as of right now.”

At some point in the next week or so, it’s expected there will be some resolution for all sides involved.  Or not.  One of the two.

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.