McIlwain runs down recruiment

The Newtown (Pa.) Class of 2016 quarterback is up to five offers heading into the spring. He broke them down with

Brandon McIlwain is already charting his winter and summer visit schedule. It will be busy, even if he's only a sophomore.

The class of 2016 Newtown (Pa.) Council Rock South quarterback picked up his fifth offer from Penn State last Saturday, as the Lions joined Temple, Boston College, South Carolina, and UCLA on the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder's offer sheet.

"I was thinking after my junior summer would be ideal for me," McIlwain said of a potential decision. I want to be able to start at the college that I go to early so I can acclimate myself to the academics before I start working out and begin to learn the offense."

Boston College was one of the first programs to offer the sophomore, and it came via offensive line coach Josh Frye. Though McIlwain is still learning about the Eagles, he does have a bit of background thanks to 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, who graduated from neighbor high school Parkland.

"He was a really cool coach when I talked to him, and he's been keeping in contact," McIlwain said of Frye. "The academics there are great; they are an amazing academic school.

"To get an offer from there is amazing, and I've learned a little bit about them because of Andre."

At South Carolina, the signal caller has kept in contact with quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, who extended an offer during McIlwain's sophomore season.

"We've kept in contact since my freshman year, and he's been really truthful with me," McIlwain said. "That was another thing I really liked, and they have good academics, too."

As for the UCLA offer, the sophomore said it came after a mutual connection tipped the program off to his abilities during the four years he spent living in California. The quarterback said he hasn't had much contact with the Bruins recently, though.

McIlwain has no visits set in stone just yet, but plans to visit Temple, among others, this summer.

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