Every Sunday, SEC Country will unveil its offensive and defensive recruits of the week based on their weekend performance. In order to qualify, recruits must have at least two SEC offers.
This week’s SEC Country Offensive Recruit of the Week honors goes to Brandon McIlwain, a South Carolina quarterback commit.
SEC Country’s Offensive Recruit of the Week: Brandon McIlwain
Brandon McIlwain got the nod for SEC Country’s Offensive Recruit of the Week honors following an impressive performance this past Friday night. McIlwain, a 2016 South Carolina quarterback commit, led Council Rock North (Newtown, Penn.) to a 41-31 win.
“The team we played was undefeated and first in our league, so to give ourselves a chance to win our league, we needed to step up and beat them,” McIlwain told SEC Country. “We all needed to step up and make big plays.”
McIlwain completed 17-of-25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 28 times for 209 yards and five touchdowns, according to Chris Clark of Gamecock Central.
The 4-star prospect committed to South Carolina last December and reaffirmed his commitment to the Gamecocks after Steve Spurrier’s resignation.
Best of the Rest
Jacob Eason, QB, Lake Stevens, Wash. (committed to UGA): The 5-star prospect completed 19-of-23 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. Eason committed to UGA last July and has signed his financial aid papers with the school, binding himself to UGA.
Shea Patterson, QB, Bradenton, Fla. (committed to Ole Miss): The nation’s No. 1 quarterback had five total touchdowns in IMG Academy’s 50-16 win, according to Jim Halley of USA Today Sports. In the game, Patterson tied his high school’s single-season record for touchdown passes.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Channelview, Texas (committed to Alabama): The 4-star athlete had 104 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 227 rushing yards and four scores, according to Nike’s Elite 11 director Brian Stumpf. Hurts committed to Alabama in June.
Malik Miller, RB, Madison, Ala. (committed to Auburn): The 3-star prospect rushed for 227 yards and scored two touchdowns, according to Daniel Boyette of AL.com. Miller committed to Auburn this past June.
Elijah Holyfield, RB, Atlanta, Ga. (committed to UGA): The 4-star prospect rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Holyfield, the son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield, committed to UGA in September by bringing out two Bulldog pups named Chubb and Gurley to announce his decision.
Devin Duvernay, WR, Sachse, Texas (uncommitted): The 4-star prospect caught nine passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns, according to Brian Perroni of 247Sports.com. His brother, Donovan, is committed to Baylor. Devin is expected to follow Donovan to Baylor, according to his 247Sports Crystal Ball projections. He holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M andAuburn, among others.
T.J. Simmons, WR, Pinson, Ala. (committed to Alabama): The 3-star prospect caught six passes for 133 yards and scored four touchdowns, according to Gary Estwick of AL.com. Simmons committed to Alabama this past February. He is in contention for the state of Alabama’s player of the year award.