How this ruling could impact the Longhorns
The aforementioned positivity coming out of the Horns camp after this news for the eligibility surrounding Justin Fields says a lot about the looming status of McCoy for the 2019 campaign. What happens with Martell will also be a very telling sign as to what happens with McCoy on the Forty Acres.
However, what McCoy does have working in his favor is the fact that there’s actual backing for his hardship waiver with the NCAA. Fields didn’t have much of a good reason for leaving Athens when he did. He just wasn’t able to beat out starting Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm as quickly as he would’ve liked to. It just seems like Fields made the wrong decision from the start if he wanted immediate playing time.
McCoy actually left USC because the offensive coordinator he committed to play for left for the NFL very quickly. That coaching saga between Kingsbury and the USC program also caused even more instability with Helton. The fortunes of USC on the recruiting trail started to fall apart too. There is some actual backing and evidence to how players feel about the USC coaching staff.
This could all lead to the Horns getting its only top 10 rated 2019 high school prospect in the nation eligible for the upcoming season. McCoy would definitely find his way onto the field in some regard this fall if he’s eligible to go. Texas has plenty of depth returning in the receiving corps, but nothing quite like what McCoy brings to the table.