South Carolina Gamecocks freshman quarterback Brandon McIlwain may be in line to one day be the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. But the early enrollee is getting a fast start to his collegiate career in a different sport.
The two-sport star recorded his first hit for the South Carolina baseball team with a single to left field on Tuesday in a 16-4 win over The Citadel. The hit also marked McIlwain’s first RBI for the Gamecocks.
— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) May 18, 2016
McIlwain was a four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect out of Newtown, Pa., where he was a two-sport star too. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country, and he threw for 1,720 yards and 17 touchdowns passing as a senior, adding 1,545 yards and 30 touchdowns rushing.
The Gamecocks are likely going to use either Perry Orth or Lorenzo Nunez, the returning quarterbacks this year, but McIlwain certainly could push for playing time if he matures quickly. He is someone the Gamecocks have to view as one of the offensive prizes of their 2016 recruiting class.
And he certainly is showing himself to be a gifted athlete in playing two sports in college.
For the baseball team, McIlwain has appeared in only eight games. Tuesday’s hit was his first in 10 at-bats.