COLUMBIA — Is Brandon McIlwain reconsidering his commitment to South Carolina?
The four-star quarterback from Newtown, Pa., has been committed to USC for nearly a year, and stands to become the keystone of the Gamecocks’ 2016 signing class. But he could look elsewhere due to the uncertainty following former head coach Steve Spurrier’s departure, according to a Facebook post written Wednesday by his mother.
“When coach Spurrier left it created a bit of uncertainty. Brandon has remained committed, but if the new coach has other plans, Brandon has to consider other options,” Lena McIlwain wrote. “Before this summer, He had every intention of graduating early and starting college in January, but when Spurrier left, we had to reconsider.”
Spurrier resigned Oct. 13 in the middle of what would become USC’s first losing season in over a decade. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner has a “short list” of candidates to succeed him, and has stated he hopes to have a new coach in place by next week.
Meanwhile, USC’s current staff continues to recruit. Brandon McIlwain this week received in-home visits from Gamecocks offensive coordinator G.A. Mangus as well as Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne, according to photos the quarterback posted to Twitter.
McIlwain, also a baseball standout, has plans to play both sports at USC — although the outfielder could also be a high-round pick in next year’s Major League draft. His mother wrote that McIlwain had been visited by “dozens” of baseball scouts in addition to college football coaches.
“With coaching changes, instability, we are just trying to help Brandon get all the information so that he can make a wise decision,” wrote Lena McIlwain, who according to her Facebook page is a graduate of Charleston’s former Middleton High School. “That is the short answer to a very complex situation.”
South Carolina senior left tackle Brandon Shell will play in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game, the event announced. Shell, a Goose Creek native, was a four-year starter for the Gamecocks and is projected to go in the top four rounds of next year’s NFL draft. The East-West Shrine Game is set for Jan. 23 in St. Petersburg, Fla.