Former South Carolina two-sport athlete Brandon McIlwain announced where he will be transferring on Saturday.
The quarterback and outfielder will head to Cal.
— Brandon McIlwain (@Mc11wain) May 20, 2017
McIlwain announced his decision to transfer on March 1, taking to Twitter to announce he would be leaving just days into spring football and early in the baseball season.
Days earlier, football coach Will Muschamp said he expected McIlwain to compete for playing time in the fall even while focusing on baseball through the spring.
“He’s battling to be the starter,” Muschamp said on Feb. 22. “He’s been involved in all of our meetings, all of the mental stuff that is going on. In the recruiting process with Brandon and his parents, he was going to play baseball full-time after his first spring. That’s where we are.”
McIlwain played in eight games with three starts as a quarterback his freshman season. He saw early action, splitting time with senior Perry Orth before the Gamecocks opted to hand the offense over to freshman Jake Bentley.
McIlwain threw for 600 yards and 2 touchdowns on 62 of 118 passing, and added 127 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 63 carries.
A two-sport star out of high school, McIlwain saw action in only one baseball game this season, entering as a pinch runner. He went 1 for 10 last year with an RBI in eight games.
McIlwain’s departure left the Gamecocks with two scholarship quarterbacks: Bentley and junior Michael Scarnecchia, who missed the 2016 season with a shoulder injury.