South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has been impressed by the play of freshman early enrollee quarterback Brandon McIlwain as spring football winds down.
With Perry Orth out for the remainder of the spring with a broken collarbone and Lorenzo Nunez missing the last two weeks with a hyperextended knee, McIlwain has made the most of his opportunity. McIlwain spurned being a likely high draft pick in the June baseball draft for football and attending South Carolina.
“At quarterback Brandon had a lot of command in how he directed the offense when he was on the field. I was very pleased with his decision-making,” coach Will Muschamp said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “I thought Brandon did some really nice things. He was 12 of 14 (passing in the scrimmage), took care of the football, made good decisions, had good command.
And then the field got more crowded: Jake Bentley, a four-star quarterback from Opelika (Ala.), has announced that he will reclassify to the Class of 2016 and enroll at South Carolina this summer.
Bentley committed to South Carolina — where his father is the running backs coach — only a few weeks ago. He was ranked as the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017.
“Things happen for a reason and I am ready to join Gamecock Nation this summer,” he wrote on Twitter.
While Orth was the consistent number one prior to his injury and will have s strong chance of preserving that status when he returns, McIlwain is giving the staff something to think about and Bentley’s arrival only provides more options.
Contributing: Willie T. Smith III, Greenville News