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Jordan Burch inches closer to being a Top 10 national prospect

Watch: Hammond’s Jordan Burch scores 4 TDs against Cardinal Newman

Hammond junior Jordan Burch scored four touchdowns in the 49-12 win over Cardinal Newman on Nov. 9, 2018.
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Hammond junior Jordan Burch scored four touchdowns in the 49-12 win over Cardinal Newman on Nov. 9, 2018.

Jordan Burch continues to make a big splash on the national recruiting rankings.

The Hammond junior defensive end was ranked 13rd in Rivals for the Class of 2020 on Tuesday as the recruiting service released its top 100 players for 2020. Burch moved up 19 spots in the rankings.

This Rivals rankings come after Burch was ranked No. 12 in ESPN’s Top 300 ranking earlier this month. Rivals now ranks Burch as a five-star recruit.

“The next great defensive lineman from South Carolina? I think so. He’s a superior athlete with great speed off the snap and a motor that doesn’t stop,” Rivals national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell wrote. “He’s not the longest rush end in the world but he makes up for it with amazing closing speed and the ability to change direction in pursuit.”

This season, Burch had 62 tackles, 14 for loss and 10 sacks in helping the Skyhawks to the SCISA Class 3A championship. He also rushed for 680 yards and had 25 total touchdowns.

Burch, 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, has several Division I offers including both in-state schools South Carolina and Clemson. Alabama offered earlier this month and Tigers lllustrated reported Burch visited there over the weekend. Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma were by last month to see Burch and teammate Alex Huntley who also is a national prospect. Huntley moved up more than 50 spots and is No. 183 in the Top 250.

“Burch is impressive across the board as a defensive end. He is a big athlete with a great frame and he can run, but while playing in odd man front in high school, he has shown power at the point of attack to play the run. Most would look at him and think pass rusher, but he is more than that. He is quick off the ball and he can close on the quarterback, but he is a three-down defensive end that has real upside. He is a consistent player, he is smart and it is easy to see why Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina among others are in pursuit,” Rivals.com Southeast recruiting analyst Barton Simmons wrote.

Burch also has visited South Carolina and Clemson during football season. Clemson and South Carolina coaches have been to several of Burch’s basketball games the past two months. Hammond is in the SCISA 3A playoffs and play Heathwood Hall on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Sumter Civic Center.

Burch is averaging 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds a game this season.

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.