South Carolina quarterback commit Brandon McIlwain has enrolled early and is prepared for spring practices this year, but will also focus on baseball if he wins a starting job with that team, according to Gamecocks baseball coach Chad Holbrook. Speaking to Matt Connolly of The State, Holbrook further elaborated.
“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.”
A four-star recruit from the Philadelphia area, McIlwain’s intention was to be a two-sport athlete from the get-go, joining the likes of former Florida State football and baseball star Jameis Winston as well as Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson, who played both sports on the professional level. Will Muschamp and his football staff may be worried about McIlwain suffering an injury on the baseball diamond, but the young man clearly wants to play both sports and wouldn’t be doing so without full approval from both entities.
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