Four-Star Passer Planning Summer Visits

The Keystone State native visited Miami Sunday, and will hit three other programs this week alone before a July trip to Penn State.

Brandon McIlwain stayed busy all winter and spring. So, it only makes sense the sophomore passer is going to have little downtime this summer, too.

The 6-foot, 204 pound Newtown, Pa., Council Rock North four-star class of 2016 quarterback camped at Miami Sunday, will visit Florida Monday, all before stops at Auburn Tuesday and Duke this coming Saturday.

"I've been talking to [Miami quarterbacks] Coach [James] Coley there for awhile, and we started to get a really good relationship there," McIlwain said. "The history of the school and what I've heard about the camps was verified when I went to the camp.

"It went really well. I liked working with Coach Coley and seeing how he coached."

The trip, which featured a glimpse at plenty of palm trees, sun, and water fountains on the Hurricanes' campus, offered the sophomore a chance to get to know Coley better while inspecting the program's football facilities, as well.

"They have a grass practice field, turf practice field, and the facilities; everything is new," McIlwain said. "I didn't know about the locker room and the weight room. Everything was really impressive."

So was Coley, the passer said.

"I really got to know Coach Coly well," McIlwain continued. "He left a great impression, and to see how he coached, it was a lot like how I imagined.

"He was a lot of fun to be around, and a really smart coach. He helped me out a lot."

Florida quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper is the next assistant McIlwain is looking forward to meeting. He left Coral Gabels Monday morning to head to Gainesville.

"I've been talking to Coach Roper for a while and he came to see me thrown," McIlwain said. "Florida, again, I heard is an amazing place.

"I grew up watching [former Gators' quarterback Tim] Tebow, and I love the way he plays. It seems like a really nice place."

Auburn and Duke provide their own reasons to visit, the sophomore said. Tigers' offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has already left an impression, McIlwain noted, while Duke's reputation on and off the field means plenty to the Keystone State native.

"Coach Lashlee, he runs an amazing offense," McIlwain said. "It's similar to what I run at my school. I've been talking to him as well, and obviously with the success they had last year, they had a lot of success offensively and as a whole team.

"Talking to them there, [head] Coach [Gus] Malzahn is an amazing coach. I want to continue to explore, and felt it was important to visit the school and campus."

The same applies to Duke, which he will visit before setting other June visits. McIlwain said he will camp at Penn State July 19 for third Senior Elite Camp.

"Duke also had a lot of success last year [by making it to] the ACC Championship," McIlwain said. "Their academics, they're a private school with less people, but their academics speak for itself."

McIlwain is expecting to visit "10 or 11" other programs, and will announce more visit dates later this month.


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