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Texas commit De'Gabriel Floyd (left) and fellow linebacker Rian Davis at The Opening Final on July 2. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Out-of-state targets Bru McCoy, Rian Davis discuss Texas interest

Posted July 3rd, 2018


Texas in play for Bru McCoy

FRISCO — Most star athletes play on both sides of the ball in high school. It’s rare to specialize at the prep level because the truth is that the best athletes tend to make an impact whether it’s on offense or defense. Some dream of playing both ways in college, but that’s uncommon for it to materialize. The demands of one position are hard enough. Two seems impossible.

Mater Dei (Calif.) wide receiver and outside linebacker Bru McCoy at The Opening Final. (Mike Craven)

Not to McCoy. The nation’s No. 2-ranked athlete is set on excelling at wide receiver while also contributing at linebacker on third downs. The 6-2, 205-pounder is from Mater Dei in California, a state in which Texas is building a consistent pipeline under Tom Herman.

“Texas specifically talked to me about having a third-down package. It’d be a perfect fit because they like to get in that dime package and blitz off the edge,” McCoy said. “I project myself as a receiver, but I can play both in college, especially if I’m used as a third-down linebacker to add speed to the field.”


USC and Texas are the top two schools for McCoy. He grew up a USC fan. His friend, UT commit De’Gabriel Floyd, is pushing him toward Austin. It forced the five-star athlete to take an unofficial visit to Texas recently. He’ll join Floyd back in Austin for the USC game when McCoy takes his official visit.

“I’m high on Texas,” McCoy said. “I went there to get a feel for it. Coach Herman and his energy is contagious. Coach (Drew) Mehringer has a great relationship with his receivers from talking with the guys on campus and your relationship with a position coach is important. I would love to play for him. I love the campus and facilities. Austin is also a cool story.”

Two of Texas’ 11 commitments are from California after four-star safety Chris Adimora (Mayfair) joined Floyd in the 2019 cycle. The Longhorns signed quarterback Cam Rising and JUCO offensive lineman Mikey Grandy out of California in 2018.

“The movement of California to Texas is just getting started,” Floyd said Sunday. “I’m trying to get my boys like Bru (McCoy) down there with me now that we have Chris (Adimora) locked up.”

Rian Davis considering Georgia, Texas

McCoy isn’t the only player Floyd is recruiting during his time in Frisco for The Opening Final. The Texas commit clung to Davis, a four-star middle linebacker from Wekiva (Fla.). The four-star checked in at 6-2 and 233 pounds. He’s consistently been among the best linebackers at the event, which is built for offenses and defensive backs to shine.

“It feels good to compete against the best,” Davis said. “Iron sharpens iron. I’d give myself a B+ so far.”

He was a two-time all-district selection at Houston Clear Lake before moving to Florida for his senior season. His uncle still lives in Texas and the Longhorns are clearly in the mix after a recent official visit. Davis said he talks to defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Todd Orlando nearly every day.

“I had a great time at Texas. The facilities and the coaches were great. I’ve been spending time with my boy De’Gabriel (Floyd) at this camp and he’s in my ear about joining him,” Davis said. “Me and him would make a nasty combo at UT.”

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