The Newtown (Pa.) Class of 2016 quarterback is up to five offers heading into the spring. He broke…
McIlwain breaks down Ohio State offer
Brandon McIlwain was unaware Ohio State was interested in him when he arrived at Warrington (Pa.) Council Rock South Thursday morning. By the time the day was over, though, the 6-foot-1, 195 pound class of 2016 prospect was well-aware, as the Buckeyes became the second Big Ten program to offer him in as many weeks. "I really didn't see it coming," McIlwain said. "My coach texted me and told me to call Ohio State's coach, and [his coach] said he was going to offer me. The coach on the other end of the line was Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who made quite the introduction in the duo's first conversation by extending the offer. "It's really humbling, and really just a blessing," McIlwain said. "They want to see me at camp, and have me meet the coaches and form a relationship. [Warinner] said I'm a dynamic player that would fit into their offense. McIlwain, who tossed for 1,446 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions during his sophomore season, said he knows plenty about the Ohio State, but will continue to research the school. What he already knows plenty about, though, is the Buckeyes' high-powered offense. "They have a very dynamic offense," McIlwain said. "Braxton Miller is big in that, and I like the way they use their quarterbacks. "They had one of the top offenses in the Big Ten, and that's really amazing and a testament to what [head] Coach [Urban] Meyer is doing." The sophomore said he sees a bit of himself in Miller, who threw for 1,446 yards, 11 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in 2013, bumping his career totals to 2,816 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions. "With Braxton Miller, he's a really great quarterback," McIlwain said. "They mostly have their quarterbacks passing from the pocket or on the rollout, and if he needs too, he runs. "I do that, as well." McIlwain will travel to Columbus for a camp in June, and while he has quite some time until he needs to make a decision, the quarterback recently told Scout.com he plans to early enroll at whichever school he ends up at. Ohio State joins Penn State, South Carolina, Boston College, UCLA, and Temple as FBS programs to extend an offer. "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."
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