South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain, a former four-star prospect out of Council Rock HS North in Newtown, Pennsylvania, has decided to transfer from the Gamecocks program.
“God is constantly working in our lives and talking to us in any way He can. The best advice I have ever been given is just to listen. He has a plan and when I truly realized that, I understood to follow His lead. After much thought and prayer, I have decided to transfer from the University of South Carolina. This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know It’s right and God has a plan. Wearing Garnet and Black has been an honor and a privilege for me. I will cherish the time I spent at USC and I thank all the people in Columbia and the Gamecock Nation who have shown men love and support, but at this point it is time to make a change. Please respect my decision. Forever to thee.”
As a freshman in 2016, McIlwain saw action in eight games, mostly during the first five as he and Perry Orth fought to win the starting job before Jake Bentley eventually took over for good. He passed for 600 yards and two touchdowns and one interception while completing 52.5% of his passes.
“Brandon came by today and spoke to me about transferring from the University of South Carolina,” said head football coach Will Muschamp. “I support his decision and wish him all the best.”
McIlwain joins Connor Mitch and Lorenzo Nunez as quarterbacks that have transferred from the Gamecocks program since Muschamp took over the program in December 2016. He was an Elite 11 finalist during his high school recruitment.
With his departure, the Gamecocks are left with Bentley and Michael Scarnecchia as the only two scholarship quarterbacks heading into spring practice.