Junior QB Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, PA is by no means a stranger around Columbia. His father is a USC graduate and he has family who live in Columbia so he’s around town frequently. He was back Saturday for the Georgia game.
“It was an awesome visit,” McIlwain said. “Seeing the game atmosphere was amazing. It was such a great game. I’ve always loved South Carolina. I loved the environment, the place, the coaches. I was at the Clemson game last year and it was good to see they get that environment against other teams.”
McIlwain didn’t have much of a chance to talk to Steve Spurrier on this visit but he was in the ear of quarterbacks coach and recruiter GA Mangus. And he also paid close attention to the offensive game Spurrier and Mangus cooked up.
“They threw the ball around well,” he said. “It was a one-dimensional passing game. It’s definitely a good offense for a quarterback, they let him do what he can do.”
McIlwain will be at Penn State this weekend and he also plans to get to games of the other teams on his short list…Auburn, Virginia Tech, Duke and Florida. He does not have a favorite.