Bears Pick Up Transfer QB in McIlwain

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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted May 20, 2017
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New Cal QB transfer Brandon McIlwain
With no clear heir apparent at quarterback, the Bears added some nice depth at the position, picking up University of South Carolina QB transfer Brandon McIlwain today.

McIlwain took an official visit to Cal in March after he received his release from the Gamecocks after seeing playing time as a true frosh last season.

A Top 20 4 star dual threat QB out of Council Rock North High School in Newtown, PA, McIlwain passed for more than 6,000 yards as a prep and rushed for nearly 4,000 more, racking up 124 career td's, capped off by being named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year.

Besides being a dual threat player on the gridiron, McIlwain also does it all on the baseball diamond, accumulating impressive numbers as a pitcher and at the plate for Council Rock North.

McIlwain took his versatile athleticism to South Carolina, seeing playing time in both football and baseball, which he plans to do at Cal, as well. A high pro prospect out of high school, McIllwain is expected to complete to start in both sports for the Bears.

A native of the Bay Area, McIlwain's a natural to return to the Bay and play in Cal's wide open offense on the gridiron and also reconnect with the Cal baseball staff who nearly landed him out of high school.

The 6-0/190 QB will likely need to sit out a transfer year in both football and baseball as he just wrapped up his school year at South Carolina this week.

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