McIlwain, spotted at Evans Diamond with quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin on Friday night, played both football and baseball for the Gamecocks. He would be permitted to do so with the Golden Bears, and that was one of the big reasons why he is making his official visit this weekend, during the Cal baseball team's Pac-12-opening set against Oregon.
McIlwain is a Northern California native and disciple of quarterback coach Will Hewlett. After growing up in the Bay Area, he moved to Newtown, Penn., where he attended Council Rock North. He threw for the former Cal football coaching staff between his junior and senior years, but wound up choosing to attend his father's alma mater -- South Carolina -- as a two-sport athlete, committing on Dec. 31, 2014, and enrolling in January of 2016.
Before he hit the gridiron for the Gamecocks, McIlwain hit .414 with seven homers, 28 RBI and 22 stolen bases as a junior at Council Rock North, going 7-3 on the mound with a 1.26 ERA, 42 strikeouts and 13 walks. He was a Perfect Game All-American and played in the Area Code Games, and was considered to be a potential first round pick in the MLB Draft, rated as the No. 16 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball American and DI Baseball.
McIlwain was rated a four-star quarterback coming out of high school, the No. 12 quarterback in the class, and the No. 2 quarterback in the East Region. In his prep career, McIlwain racked up 10,427 total yards of offense and 124 touchdowns (6,545 yards and 54 touchdowns passing; 3,882 yards and 70 scores rushing). He was the 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania.
As a true freshman, the 6-foot, 190-pound quarterback played in eight football games, completing 62 of 118 passes for 600 yards and two touchdowns to one interception. He also carried the ball 63 times for 127 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
In his first collegiate season on the diamond, he played in eight games, hit .100 (1-for-10) with a RBI.