Quarterback Brandon McIlwain may be the most important member of South Carolina's 2016 recruiting class, but the early enrollee is also a top baseball prospect. McIlwain originally said that football would be his priority this spring, but after speaking with baseball coach Chad Holbrook and football coach Will Muschamp, if McIlwain wins a starting job on the baseball team, he will focus on that. Holbrook discussed the situation with The State:
“I don’t want to put too much on him, but the generic discussions are this: if he’s in our starting lineup, and he’s playing, he can go to football in his free time. If he’s coming off the bench for us or a substitute player for us and there are some football responsibilities for that day, that’s where he needs to be,” Holbrook told The State on Tuesday.
“That’s how we’re going to treat it as we go forward, and that was how it was when coach (Steve) Spurrier was here. It’s going to be the same situation with coach Muschamp, and that makes it easy for me, oach Muschamp, and it takes a lot of pressure off the kid. Ultimately we want to create an environment where he’s having fun at both facilities.”
McIlwain is a prized player for both programs. This seems like a solid compromise.