Report: Former South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain looking at four transfer destinations
Well, it didn’t take long for former South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain to line up some suitors.
After announcing his decision to leave the program in late February, McIlwain has reportedly narrowed down his options for his next destination. According to a report by Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, the now-former Gamecock has a list of four schools he’s considering.
Cal and Baylor appear to be the frontrunners to land McIlwain, as his ties to their current coaching staffs go back to his recruitment. The report also lists Arizona and Virginia as possible destinations for the speedy quarterback.
Rated as the number-two dual-threat prospect in 2016, McIlwain was brought in to compete for the starting job with Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez. After Nunez left the program, McIlwain and Orth got the majority of the snaps early in the season but both ultimately lost the job to incoming freshman Jake Bentley.
A dynamic athlete, McIlwain was a two-sport letterman in high school and rated the number-13 best prospect in the SEC for the 2018 MLB Draft by Perfect Game.
During his one-year stint in Columbia, McIlwain played in eight games, compiling a 1-2 record as a starter. Through the air, he completed 62-of-118 passes for 600 yards with two TDs and one interception. On the ground, he added 63 carries for 127 yards and two scores.
McIlwain appears to be looking at a wide-open spread system for his next stop that will make use of his skills as a runner.
Meanwhile, Jake Bentley is flourishing with the Gamecocks. In his freshman season, he compiled a 4-3 record as a starter while completing 65.8 percent of his passes.