Legacy QB prospect offered

Tracy Johnson ended his Clemson career with 1,579 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. A 10th round pick by the Oilers in 1989, he played seven seasons in the NFL.

QB Brandon McIlwain Profile

His nephew, sophomore quarterback Brandon McIlwain, recently picked up an offer from Clemson.

"One of my coaches told me to call them. When I called them, I got to talk to the offensive coordinator [Chad Morris]. That's when he offered me," McIlwain recently told CUTigers.

The Newton-Council Rock [Pennsylvania] prospect added, "[Morris] was just saying that he could see me fitting well into their offense. He definitely wants me. They really liked what they saw. They want to recruit me."

Because of the connection to Clemson, McIlwain is familiar with the program.

"I've watched them growing up," he said. "I'm familiar with Tajh Boyd. He's one of my favorite players. I like to watch him."

A trip to Tigertown is in the cards.

"I think I'm going to end up going there, either sometime later this spring or in the summer for camp," McIlwain said.

Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Temple, UCLA and Virginia have offered.

"At this point, I don't really have any favorites," McIlwain said. "All of the schools have been amazing. I have good relationships with the coaches. Everything is going well."

He'll consider several factors as he sorts through his options over the next couple of years.

"The coaches and how I feel like I can work with the coaches, if I feel like it's going to be an enjoyable time for me, for the next four or five years," McIlwain said. "Also, academically, is the school good academically? Also, how the program is going at the time? Does it seem like they're progressing well?

"Also, the opportunity for playing time, if I'm going to have an opportunity to fight for playing time early in my college career."

As a sophomore, McIlwain passed for 1,446 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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