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Report: McIlwain has four schools in mind

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With Brandon McIlwain gone, The State's Josh Kendall discusses what the Gamecocks' quarterback depth chart looks like behind starter Jake Bentley.

Former South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain has four schools in mind as he transfers from the Gamecocks, according to a report Friday.

247Sports reported that McIlwain, at the moment, is considering Baylor, Cal, Arizona and Virginia.

McIlwain, who is from Newtown, Pa., visited Princeton this week, according to a post his mother made Thursday on Facebook.

He announced his decision to leave USC on March 1.

“This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but I know it’s right and God has a plan,” McIlwain wrote in a statement he posted to social media announcing the decision. “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 me love and support, but at this point it is time to make a change.”

McIlwain informed football coach Will Muschamp of his decision March 1. Muschamp did not block the door.

McIlwain started three games for South Carolina as a freshman quarterback, completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 600 yards and running for another 127 yards.

He came to Columbia as a four-star football prospect and a decorated baseball player, projected as a high draft pick. He was given the chance to play both sports, and saw a few at-bats last spring and none in 2017.

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