South Carolina QB commit keeping options open until new coach is hired
It’s been nearly a calendar year since quarterback Brandon McIlwain committed to South Carolina.
But a lot can happen in 12 months.
Steve Spurrier is no longer the Gamecocks coach, and there remains a lot of uncertainty surrounding Spurrier’s staff as the university looks to hire its next coach.
McIlwain is in wait-and-see mode, but he remains committed to South Carolina until further notice.
“I’m just waiting to see who the next coach is, then I’ll start evaluating things,” McIlwain said.
McIlwain, a 6-foot, 200-pound, 4-star dual-threat quarterback, was recruited by South Carolina offensive coordinator G.A. Mangus.
It’s not the next Gamecocks coach that is most important to McIlwain, but whether Mangus is a part of the staff in 2016. That will ultimately play a major factor in McIlwain’s future.
“Ideally, to me, it’s a coach that keeps coach Mangus on the staff,” McIlwain said. “Besides that, I’m not too picky.”
Mangus was promoted to offensive coordinator when Shawn Elliott was promoted to interim coach after Spurrier resigned in early October.
McIlwain was impressed by how the South Carolina offense looked with Mangus calling the plays.
“It was a difficult situation,” McIlwain said, “but I think they moved the ball well and they started to make more plays.”
McIlwain holds offers from Auburn, Florida and Tennessee but said Penn State and Cal have been the programs making the hardest push for him in recent weeks.
McIlwain praised both of those programs, and again indicated he’ll be waiting to see who South Carolina names as coach before making a decision for his future.
“Both (Penn State and Cal) have great programs and I have good relationships with the coaches and there are great opportunities,” he said. “I will have to see the coaching situation (at South Carolina). I won’t really know (my future) until I see who the new head coach is.”
McIlwain is committed to South Carolina for both football and baseball.
This past week, he was named a top-10 prospect for the 2016 MLB Draft by ESPN, but he looks forward to playing both sports at the collegiate level.
“It’s an amazing honor,” McIlwain said. “Any time all the hard work is recognized, it feels great.”
McIlwain is the No. 6 player in the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.