With family connections across South Carolina and offers from Clemson and USC, QB Brandon McIlwain (6-1 210) of Newtown, PA is showing interest in the two Palmetto State programs. McIlwain's father graduated from USC in the '80s and he has an uncle who is a minister in Greenville.
"I love USC," he said. "I have a lot of family in Columbia and have built a great relationship with coach (Steve) Spurrier. I have visited multiple times and I love it every time I'm down there."
As for Clemson he said, "I'm starting to build a better relationship with the coaches and it's a great program. I went to camp there this summer and I like the coaches a lot."
McIlwain has over 20 offers including USC, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Duke, Ohio State, California, Nevada and Wisconsin, McIlwain plans to narrow his list soon. A commitment is expected before next summer.
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"I want to visit a lot of schools (this season) and make a commitment either in late-winter or early-spring," he said.
McIlwain gave strong indication that Clemson and USC would likely make the shortened list. Last season he threw for over 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns. He rushed for another 800-plus and 11 scores. McIlwain did not name a leader.