Freshman athlete Horace "Bru" McCoy saw limited varsity action last fall but college coaches are well aware of his potential.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., had already landed scholarship offers from Arizona State, Oregon and Howard before his visit to Notre Dame on Monday. The Irish have also offered Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels, another freshman prospect.
McCoy added his Irish offer early Monday afternoon.
“While we were on the field Mike Elston pulled me aside and he mentioned it to me,” McCoy said. “He didn't really say up and down that they were offering me but he was going to have me meet with coach (Mike) Denbrock. I met later with him and we talked, He said they want to offer me and that whole deal.”
McCoy, who made the visit with a large contingent of California prospects who played for B2G Sports in a 7-on-7 tournament outside Chicago over the weekend, was one of three players to land an offer from the Irish during the trip.
“I’m on Cloud Nine,” McCoy said. “It’s insane to me. Being how young I am, it’s insane.”
During the trip McCoy spoke with the Irish coaching staff about how he would fit in at Notre Dame.
“We just talked about some comparisons between Mater Dei and Notre Dame and how it would be a good fit for me,” he said. “They were actually talking about (offense and defense). They kind of want to see how I play out as a player and where they best see me fit in in the coming years.”
At Mater Dei, McCoy played on special teams and is eager for his first real varsity action this fall.
“I’m hoping to play both sides of the ball but I’m working at receiver mostly,” he said. “I also play linebacker.”
B2G Sports visited Michigan before stopping at Notre Dame and McCoy was impressed with what the Wolverines have to offer. McCoy looks forward to seeing more schools in the near future.
“We got a whole campus tour and got to talk to (Jim) Harbaugh, which was awesome,” he said. “I'm not sure which ones but I’m definitely planning on taking some more visits and going to some camps.”
For McCoy, the recruiting process is in its early stages but he knows he can’t get too excited each time he lands an offer.
“I need to keep everything in perspective and pay attention to where I fit best,” he said. “Sometimes the school for someone else might fit better so I'm looking for what appeals to me best and where I fit best. I've always been a humble guy so for me it's not all that difficult to stay level-headed and not let anything go to my head or anything like that.”