The NCAA's recent decision to allow Tate Martell to play immediately for Miami after transferring from Ohio State is poised to have a huge impact across college football. The Texas Longhorns in particular must be thrilled by the decision based on how it affects one of their top new players.
According to Horns247, the decision to let Martell play bodes very well for five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy. The former USC commit transferred to Texas in the Winter and needs to get his own waiver to play for the Longhorns in 2019.
The Martell decision was announced earlier this week, one month after the NCAA granted immediate eligibility to Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. By virtue of the two decisions, Texas reportedly has all of the incentive in the world to get the waiver with the belief that McCoy will be cleared to play.
A source close to McCoy's situation at Texas told Horns247.com on Tuesday UT officials wanted to wait and see how the NCAA ruled on the waivers of Martell and Fields in case there were any details or deficiencies in those waivers that Texas compliance officials needed to consider before filing McCoy's eligibility waiver. The decision to wait on the Fields and Martell rulings wasn't so much about any similarities in the circumstances surrounding their transfers as much as it was about any tendencies in the way the NCAA was ruling on those cases.
The NCAA doesn't exactly come out and explain itself in these matters.
But it's safe to say Texas officials see Martell and Fields being granted immediate eligibility as a good sign for McCoy, a 2019 five-star recruit who initially enrolled early at USC before deciding to pack up days later and enroll early at Texas.
McCoy transferred from USC to Texas after Kliff Kingsbury, the coach who had encouraged him to join the Trojans, left in early-January to accept the head coaching job for the Arizona Cardinals.
The addition of McCoy combined with fellow five-star athlete Jordan Whittington put the Longhorns over the top to claim the third-best 2019 recruiting class in the country per 247Sports.
Last year the Longhorns went 9-3 in the regular season, securing a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game in the process.
Despite losing to Oklahoma in the title game, Texas upset heavily-favored Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to claim their first New Year's Six bowl victory since 2008.