South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain to transfer from school

Two-sport athlete Brandon McIlwain has informed the SC football and baseball coaching staffs of his intent to transfer at the end of the semester, it was announced today. He called it "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make".

As a true freshman, McIlwain showed serious glimpses on the field making three starts to go along with six total appearances. He also had 63 carries for 127 yards and two scores.

Initially recruited by the staff of former head coach Steve Spurrier, McIlwain stuck to his commitment and signed with the Gamecocks after Will Muschamp became head coach. Wearing Garnet and Black has been an honor and a privilege for me.

SC said McIlwain told both Muschamp and baseball coach Chad Holbrook his intent to leave after the semester. He threw for 1,420 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. "I support his decision and wish him all the best".

McIlwain had planned to focus this spring on baseball, a sport in which he had also starred in high school.

"Brandon has all the skills to be a terrific baseball player", baseball coach Chad Holbrook added. "I have no doubt as he devotes more time to the sport, he can do great things".

Aside from taking a backseat on the QB depth chart to Bentley, McIlwain's lack of playing time with the baseball team may have been the tipping point on his decision to transfer and pursue further opportunity elsewhere.

SC seems to be all in on Jake Bentley.

The departure leaves USC with two scholarship passers, Bentley and Michael Scarnecchia.

  • Julie Sanders