Perfect Game All-American - Brandon McIwain

South Carolina commit Brandon McIlwain fixes his helmet as he races for a triple. (Shotgun Spratling)

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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.

South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook responded with this:

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.

A plus runner capable of posting 6.5 60 yard dash times, McIlwain could have potentially gone off the board in the first 50 picks in the 206 June draft. With a strong spring and good weather in the northeast, he could have been a very real candidate to go off the board in the first 25 picks, given his combination of speed and power. McIlwain has also shown that he handles advanced pitching very well, and could adapt very quickly at the collegiate level. This isn’t an overly raw northeast talent that South Carolina will have to worry about in terms of adjusting to college pitching in the SEC. His feel for hitting is the thing that scouts consistently bring up when it comes to this explosive young talent.

Though nothing is certain in college, McIlwain has the tools to be an instant impact guy on both on the gridiron and baseball team.

It’s a good day for the Gamecocks.

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