USC lands WRs Bru McCoy, Kyle Ford in recruiting score

USC’s football recruiting class for 2019 received a major bump Saturday when a pair of five-star wide receivers committed to the school during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

In a span of less than two hours, both Mater Dei High’s Bru McCoy and Orange Lutheran High’s Kyle Ford announced on the nationally televised broadcast that they were to join the Trojans and quickly put on cardinal-colored hats as they revealed their decisions.

Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford, right, runs around the defense of Centennial’s Jayden Williams during a game at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The commitments pushed USC to No. 13 in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings, jumping nine spots and moving ahead of Ohio State and Notre Dame, as well as Pac-12 foes Stanford and Washington. Among its conference counterparts, only Oregon, which sits No. 7 and signed its best-ever haul, ranks higher than the Trojans.

McCoy had previously signed with USC during the early signing period in December, but his commitment had been kept under wraps until the prestigious high school All-America game.

Selected by the Orange County Register as its offensive player of the year, McCoy lined up as both a wide receiver and pass-rushing outside linebacker at Mater Dei, leading the Monarchs to their second consecutive CIF State Open Division championship last month.

McCoy caught 78 passes for 1,428 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season in addition to five sacks on defense. He is expected to play wide receiver for the Trojans and is close friends with JT Daniels, the starting quarterback who also went to Mater Dei, and provides a physical presence at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds.

In an interview during the broadcast, McCoy said he would wear No. 4 for the Trojans. A childhood fan, he previously had purchased a No. 4 USC jersey, likely for former running back Joe McKnight. He also heavily weighed a scholarship from Texas.

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Ford was the first to commit to the Trojans on Saturday, choosing them over Washington, which has won the Pac-12 in two of the previous three seasons. He missed most of his senior season following an ACL injury.

“Everyone knows the legacy of wide receivers there,” Ford said during his announcement, a nod to the several former USC wide receivers who are currently in the NFL.

St. John Bosco High cornerback Chris Steele, who had previously been committed to the Trojans until he opened up his recruitment in October, also announced during the game that he was going to Florida.

Prior to Ford and McCoy, USC had not brought in a five-star recruit during this offseason, getting off to a slow start in the aftermath of a 5-7 finish in 2018, their first losing season in nearly two decades. The Trojans have finished with only one class ranked outside the top-20 since 2001.

USC announced the signings of 19 commits during the early signing period last month and can bring in at least 26 prospects.

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