Former five-star recruit leaves USC, enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Simon Gibbs01/13/22
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USC wide receiver Bru McCoy has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, On3’s Matt Zenitz has learned.

McCoy, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound wide receiver from Mater Dei High School, has been at USC since 2019. He redshirted his freshman season in 2019, before bursting onto the scene in 2020.

McCoy in 2020 reeled in 21 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns, a respectable total in a COVID-impacted season during which USC played just five games. His best game, which came in a narrow loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game, saw McCoy catch six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

However, McCoy — who was slated to be an integral piece of USC’s offense in the 2021 season — was removed from the team, albeit temporarily, after he was arrested on suspicion of felony intimate partner violence with injury. McCoy did not return in the 2021 season.

McCoy was one of the most highly-sought recruits in the entire 2019 recruiting class. He was a five-star recruit via the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies, making him the No. 3 wide receiver and the No. 21 overall recruit in the entire 2019 recruiting class.

For a full list of NCAA Transfer Portal entries, click here.

Transfer Portal background after McCoy’s entry

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be  contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.