Five-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch of Columbia’s Hammond School has signed his letter of intent to play at South Carolina, the school announced Thursday night.
“It’s a great way to close out our 2020 signing class with Jordan Burch deciding to stay home and play for the University of South Carolina,” said USC head coach Will Muschamp in a statement.
“He is a wonderful person and I’m excited that he will be part of the Gamecock family. We really appreciate his mother, Henri, trusting us and sending her son to the in-state school. Jordan is an explosive athlete, extremely smart and versatile player who can do a lot of things on the football field and I can’t wait to coach him.”
Burch reaffirmed a verbal commitment he made to the Gamecocks in December Wednesday.
However, he did not turn in his signed document at that time, a move that was notable because LSU had made a late push for his services.
The SportsTalk Radio Network reported earlier Thursday evening that Burch’s mother was holding up the delivery of his signed letter.
Muschamp was unable to comment on the unsigned Burch at a Wednesday news conference recapping the Gamecocks’ 2020 class.
Burch is considered the number eight overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class and is rated as high as the number two defensive lineman.
Clemson, which inked all 23 of its signees in December, did not add any players to a class rated second and third nationally by the major services.
Several area players also made their commitments to college football, and other sports, official.