High School Sports

Five-star prospect Jordan Burch releases final five schools

South Carolina and Clemson are in the final five schools for Hammond five-star defensive end Jordan Burch.

Burch released his top five schools on Twitter Monday night — they are the Gamecocks, the Tigers, LSU, Alabama and Georgia.

Burch reportedly visited LSU this weekend and was at Georgia for the game against South Carolina. He has made several visits to South Carolina and Clemson. According to Rivals, Burch will visit Alabama for the LSU game in two weeks.

For the most part, Burch has kept his recruiting quiet. He doesn’t do many media interviews or post pictures during his visits like many top recruits do.

247Sports’ composite rankings have Burch as No. 2 prospect in the country for class of 2020. He is ranked fifth by ESPN.

Burch was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game and is scheduled to receive his jersey Friday. Burch’s teammate, Alex Huntley, is committed to South Carolina and has said he isn’t trying to pressuring his teammate too much.

“I have been trying to recruit a little bit, but Jordan is my friend so I let him have his,” Huntley said Monday as he received his All-American Bowl jersey.

247Sports’ Charles Power said Burch draws comparisons to San Diego Chargers Joey Bosa.

“Burch has the framework to develop into a top pass rusher at the next level. He plays with outstanding bend and leverage, with the ability to dip and run the arc off the edge,” Power wrote of Burch. “Has a high level first step and play speed in pursuit. Doubles as a strong, physical run defender and looks to play with a high effort level. Flashes his considerable athleticism as a running back, moving with high level explosiveness and fluidity for a prospect of his size.”

Burch has done a little bit of everything this year for Hammond, playing defensive end, running back, receiver and even getting some snaps at quarterback in Wildcat formations.

Burch entered last week’s game against Cardinal Newman with 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He has 601 yards of total offense with 14 touchdowns.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The State and Island Packet. He has covered high school sports in South Carolina for 16 years and is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.