Four-Star QB Sticks With Gamecocks

BRANDON McILWAIN COMING TO COLUMBIA … The University of South Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class received a major boost this week when four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect Brandon McIlwain signed a financial aid agreement with the school. McIlwain – a 6-foot-0, 198-pound signal caller from Newtown, Pennsylvania – threw for 1,720 yards and 17 touchdowns…


The University of South Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class received a major boost this week when four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect Brandon McIlwain signed a financial aid agreement with the school.

McIlwain – a 6-foot-0, 198-pound signal caller from Newtown, Pennsylvania – threw for 1,720 yards and 17 touchdowns during his recently completed senior season at Council Rock North High School.  He also ran for 1,545 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Indians.  The previous season he threw for 2,100 yards and 18 scores and ran for 1,100 yards and 20 scores.

According to 24/7 Sports, he’s the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country – and received scholarship offers from programs like Penn State, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina.

In addition to his offensive exploits on the ground and through the air, McIlwain notched 62 tackles and recorded two interceptions as a defensive back – including a “pick-six.”

He’s also a star baseball recruit, batting .429 with five home runs and 23 runs batted in last season while posting a minuscule 1.26 earned run average on the mound.  University officials confirmed McIlwain will play both sports at South Carolina.

Want some even more impressive numbers?  McIlwain posted a 3.99 grade point average and wants to pursue a joint business-law degree after graduating from college.

McIlwain was recruited to South Carolina by head coach Will Muschamp‘s new offensive coordinator, Kurt Roper.  He’s expected to compete for playing time immediately.

South Carolina has had success with Pennsylvania quarterbacks in the past.  Steve Tanneyhill, a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, led the Gamecocks to their first-ever bowl victory in 1995 and still holds multiple school passing records.

In addition to McIlwain, South Carolina also announced it had reached a financial aid agreement with C.J. Freeman – a 5-foot-11, 196-pound running back from Greensboro, N.C.  Rated by ESPN as a four-star prospect and the No. 31 high school running back in America, Freeman racked up 2,091 yards and 23 touchdowns last season – averaging more than seven yards per carry and more than 150 yards per game.

He was recruited also recruited by Wisconsin and Louisville.

Even with these new signees in the fold, Muschamp’s first recruiting class at South Carolina is expected to rank well-behind its SEC peers – and in-state rival Clemson, which has been consistently reeling off Top Ten recruiting classes.

Still, Muschamp’s staff has done a good job (so far) of keeping the players that were already in line to come to Columbia, S.C. – which is impressive under the circumstances.


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Squishy123 December 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

He’s hot! My mom would love him. We have the same taste in men.

Pogo December 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Ohio State has 11 hunks I’d love to roll in the sheets with! LMAO!!!!

Squishy123 December 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

The best part is I wasn’t kidding, I really am gay!

Squishy123 December 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Scooter knock it off, or your mom is going to come home and take your laptop away from you again… and if she goes home before I’m done with her you’re in double-trouble mister.

Squishy123 December 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

Come on cry baby. Is someone getting to you? Its not scooter either dumbass.

Squishy123 December 23, 2015 at 11:24 am

Sure there Scooter. You’re going to have to do better than that.

Daniel Boome December 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Will, you have been several days late on most of these sports stories lately. I mean, I know you’re not proclaiming to give break news on these or anything, but you could at least report on these within 24 hours of them breaking.

Will Folks aka Sic December 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

The school announced the financial aid decision today at 1:42 p.m. EST – that’s what I was writing on. I know he posted something on Twitter a few days ago. Thanks for the constructive criticism though.

stumpknocker December 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

well while we have you tied to the whipping post, how about a little more coverage of that other basketball team, you know the one with the coach who has two olympic gold medals.

erneba December 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm

It helps with recruiting if the head coach is less than seventy years old. High school football players are looking for stability and a coaching staff that they perceive as not leaving before they finish school.

E Norma Scok December 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm

“He was recruited also recruited by Wisconsin and Louisville”

Wow…with those powerhouses going after him, what magic did Muschamp work to get him aboard? Did he yell at him?

Will Folks aka Sic December 22, 2015 at 11:40 pm

LOL. +3 (a nod to the Gamecocks’ red zone offense).

Daniel Boome December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

You mean the same Wisconsin that has recently produced Melvin Gordon, James, White, Montee Ball, and Brian Calhoun?

Penny Pemrose December 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Explain to me how when MusChump was in Florida his team was made up of better and more highly recruited players than South Carolina and he wasn’t able to produce a winning team. Now he’s in SC with players that aren’t as highly rated and facing the same teams he did while he coach Florida. So you expect him to win again the same SEC teams with lesser players. Explain to me how that is going to work. Anyone care to explain this. I’ll make a prediction right now. He’s going to be 6-6 next year and he’ll never win more than 8 games in a year at Carolina and he’ll be gone in 5 years. Anyone….????

Cockeyed December 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Coach Boom will be gone in 3 not 5 years along with Ray Tanner. Yeah, USC will most likely win 6 games and go to some third tier, crappy bowl next year and the natives will all sing the praises of their mediocre coach and mediocre team.

Wait until next year!……or…..this is next year! (Circa late 70s early 80s for those of you who are of a certain “vintage”.

Trump December 23, 2015 at 10:32 am

Florida was 11-2 in 2012 and is 10-3 this year with Muschamp’s players. You dumb-piece-of-shit.

Penny Pemrose December 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Yeah and he WASN’T THE COACH there this year…..was he you fuck wad. You like all the other Carolina ASS HOLES think yall got some kind of coaching god. He was FIRED YOU STUPID COCK SUCKER………You understand fried don’t you. If not look it up. That is if you can spell it. Assholes like you make me sick. Why don’t you fuck you mother……

Speak D Truth December 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Fired or fried? Maybe you can’t spell it.

Penny Pemrose December 23, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Assholes that troll looking for spelling issues as almost as fucking useless as the cocksucker I was talking about. Why don’t you mind your own business asshole.

Tony December 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Why dont you go back and suck on your moms tit or go back to fat camp and play Xbox you worthless piece of ass paper

Speak D Truth December 24, 2015 at 11:53 pm

You are the jack ass that attacked someone and stated that they probably couldn’t spell something. While doing so you misspelled a word and made yourself look like a fool.

Penny Pemrose December 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

Thank god we have assholes like you to point out errors in posts. Without stupid cocksuckers suck as yourself to point out these mistakes we would never know the exist. Since you can’t argue my point you have to attach the person who made it. Lets just see in 4 years if Muschump is still coaching at Carolina. You’ll always be an asshole, but he won’t be there……..

Speak D Truth December 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

I never attached you to anything.

? December 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm

The problem is: He is a two star athlete playing both baseball and football. He is on campus early but will not be learning the football playbook and probably will not participate in spring training. I know Elliot did it with football and baseball but the QB position is far more complex than slot receiver. I hope I am wrong but I have a hunch Perry Orth will still be the starter.

? December 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Um Ellington, not Elliot


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