Elite Prospect Enrolling At South Carolina
South Carolina had a tough 2015 campaign on the football field and the baseball team might not have met full expectations this past spring, either, but the Gamecocks received at least some good news in this calendar year as dual-sport star Brandon McIlwain from Newton, Pa. (Council Rock North) announced on Twitter that he would forego the Major League Baseball draft to enroll early and join the Gamecocks.
The addition of McIlwain clearly is big news for the Gamecocks. As a football player and quarterback, 247Sports.com ranks McIlwain as the nation’s No. 171 prospect overall with many big-time offers. However, the 6-foot, 200-pounder, is even more prized as a high school baseball prospect and outfielder, playing in the Perfect Game All-American Classic this past August, while being ranked the No. 16 high school prospect for the upcoming draft.
— Brandon McIlwain (@Mc11wain) December 17, 2015
South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook responded with this:
Holy moly!! Great day to be a Gamecock! Spurs are definitely up!!!
— Chad Holbrook (@cholbrook2) December 17, 2015
Prospect writer Frankie Piliere had this to say about McIlwain’s decision to spurn the draft, while detailing his skill set:
One of the elite athletes in the nation, Brandon McIlwain is a potential game changing talent at both the collegiate, and eventually the professional level. McIlwain shows true 60 power potential from the right side, generating excellent extension and natural lift in his stroke. Although his 6-foot-1, 205 pound frame should translate in a big way on the football field, McIlWain also has big league center field tools.