ORLANDO, Fla. — Jordan Burch still technically has an open recruitment, as the 5-star defensive end has not yet signed a letter of intent.
When speaking at the Under Armour All-America Game media day, Burch reiterated that he’s waiting to sign with the rest of his high school teammates in February. He revealed that coaches and teams are still trying to communicate with him and get him to visit in January.
But he also said he’s also not responding to those inquiries and seems very comfortable with his decision to end up at South Carolina.
Burch picked the Gamecocks back on Dec. 18 ahead of LSU, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama. He said the team that made that decision the toughest was LSU, who finished, “about three yards” behind South Carolina. After that came Clemson.
Meaning the Bulldogs finished either fourth or fifth in his recruitment. Burch did credit the jobs defensive coordinator Dan Lanning and Kirby Smart did during his recruitment.
“I really considered them because I liked coach Lanning and Smart too,” Burch said. “It was a great program, I just had to make a decision.”
Burch did mention that he took his official visit to Georgia that final weekend before the early signing period. He’d taken numerous visits to Georgia over the course of the process including an unofficial for the South Carolina game, which Georgia lost 20-17 in double overtime.
The Gamecocks did go 4-8 this past season, and Burch did note that some schools did try and use negative recruiting against the Gamecocks. But Burch very much seemed at peace with his decision to pick the Gamecocks.
“I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I was a priority and not another option,” Burch said. “They have seniors leaving and I feel like I can go in and play that position. I feel like they need me at defensive end.”
Burch rates as the No. 5 overall prospect in the country and the No. 2 defensive end in the country. Georgia has three defensive line signees in its 2020 recruiting class, with Warren Brinson, Nazir Stackhouse and Jalen Carter. Brinson and Carter will both be playing in the Under Armour All-America Game, which is set for Jan. 2.
The Bulldogs have also recently offered 4-star defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson, who has a relationship with new Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke dating back to his time at Ole Miss.
Defensive end Jordan Burch updates his recruitment
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