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Report: Former South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain visiting Cal this weekend

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Former South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain appears to have taken the first of his visits.

Scout reported Saturday that McIlwain is at Cal on an official visit this weekend.

For McIlwain, it had been previously reported that Cal, along with Arizona, Baylor and Virginia, were his four potential transfer destinations. It’s believed he will visit the other schools before making a decision.

McIlwain, a Newtown, Pennsylvania native, was recruited by all four schools coming out of high school in the 2016 recruiting cycle when he was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback. In particular, he is said to have strongly considered Cal before picking South Carolina.

McIlwain announced his decision to transfer from South Carolina earlier this month, which “shocked” at least some teammates.

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McIlwain, who has three years of eligibility remaining, will have to sit out the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS program. He can play immediately if he goes to an FCS school.

A former four-star recruit, McIlwain started three games as a true freshman last season with the Gamecocks. He played in eight games overall and threw for 600 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Over the final seven games of the season, true freshman Jake Bentley took over as starter, a role that appeared to be his to lose moving forward over McIlwain.

Baseball, which McIlwain also played at South Carolina, also will factor into where he decides to transfer.

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(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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