USC could find out as early as January or February whether junior QB Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, PA will be its quarterback for the 2016 class. McIlwain is planning to announce his decision this winter with the first two months of the new year the target period.
McIlwain has been working with a final six of USC, Auburn, Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Duke. He visited USC for the Georgia game and was at Auburn for the LSU game. He has also visited Penn State.
His next visit will be to Florida Saturday. When asked about the impending coaching change there and how it affects this trip, he said, “I already had it planned. I’m mostly going to maintain relationships with all of their coaches. It doesn’t impact my opinion on the school. I’m going to interact with whoever the new coach ends up being. I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff. I’ve liked them since the beginning and that’s why I’m continuing my relationship with them.”
G.A. Mangus visited McIlwain recently and the two remain in touch. “He was at my last playoff game,” he said. “I talk to him pretty often and I like South Carolina a lot.”
McIlwain said it’s possible he could make another trip to USC but nothing is definite on that. He does not think he will be able to visit Duke or Virginia Tech before he makes his decision. He does not yet have any favorites from his final six.
McIlwain finished his junior season with over 2,100 yards passing and 1,100 rushing. He threw for 18 scores and added 20 more on the ground.