Q&A: 2019 WR target Horace 'Bru' McCoy

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

ND Insider caught up with 2019 wide receiver Horace "Bru" McCoy after visiting for the Irish Invasion. McCoy received a Notre Dame offer following his previous visit in April. McCoy attended the Irish Invasion with teammates Osiris St. Brown, Amon-Ra St. Brown and JT Daniels.

• WR HORACE “BRU” MCCOY, 6-2, 185; SANTA ANA (CALIF.) MATER DEI.

ND Insider: What did you think of this Notre Dame visit?

McCoy: “I got a closer view of everything. I had a lot more time than I did the first time I visited. I got to meet a lot of players. Since the older St. Brown brother was there, I got the full experience. I learned a lot about the kind of people that Notre Dame brings to the school and the character they all have. I got a good idea of what the school is like.”

NDI: What was the camp experience like?

McCoy: “The talent was awesome. It was a really great experience. It was cool to be able to showcase your talent and kind of give back to the coaches who are giving you the chance and opportunity. It was super fun. I had a great time.”

NDI: Both you and your quarterback (JT Daniels) have had early starts to the recruiting process. What’s it been like going through it with him?

McCoy: “We’ll always have each other’s backs. We have the seniors on our team to keep us going down a good path. We’re being recruited just like a lot of them are. They’re older and definitely wiser, so I can always go to them for any information I need or what things to say.”

NDI: When did you realize that this was going to be possible for you? That you were going to be a big-time prospect as a freshman?

McCoy: “Not until recently. A few weeks it kind of started to fully settle in. Like, ‘Man, this is real. This is legitimate.’ It opened my eyes and made me realize what football can do for me.”

NDI: Was there a reason why it started to sink in?

McCoy: “It was more just being around friends and how they look at it. I was kind of like not really aware of how big of a deal it was to some people. It wasn’t a big deal to me, but other people were blown off their toes. Just in awe. ‘Oh, you’re a freshman’ and all this stuff. Having them react to it was a big part of it.”

NDI: Which coach at Notre Dame do you have the best relationship with?

McCoy: “(Wide receivers) coach (Mike) Denbrock. I got to talk to him a lot throughout the whole visit and see him all the time. He’s an awesome guy. He’s a cool guy who’s down to Earth. I had fun with him.”

NDI: How has he explained how he sees you fitting in Notre Dame’s offense?

McCoy: “He said to me that I’m young and I still have a lot of time to grow, but he sees me almost as that stereotypical outside receiver. Big and tall. A guy who can catch a fade ball on the five-yard line.”

NDI: Do you think you’ll get back to Notre Dame for another visit?

McCoy: “Yeah. Definitely.”

NDI: Where does the nickname “Bru” come from?

McCoy: “I got the nickname ‘Bruiser’ playing football in Pop Warner, and that got shortened to ‘Bru.’”

Wide receiver Horace Bru McCoy, a 2019 target, catches a pass during the Irish Invasion at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, June 18, 2016. ND Insider Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA