Jordan Burch

When Will Muschamp introduced the final additions to his 2020 recruiting class Wednesday, there was one glaring omission. 

Muschamp could not talk about five-star recruit Jordan Burch, who had committed to the Gamecocks in December and reiterated his commitment earlier in the day but had not yet sent in his national letter of intent. 

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After a day of drama and concern among Gamecock fans, South Carolina finally made Burch's signing official Thursday night, announcing it had received his national letter of intent. 

Burch, a 6-5, 265 pound defensive lineman from Columbia's Hammond School, was rated the No. 2 defensive end and one of the top 10 overall prospects in the country. He is ranked No. 4 on the ESPN300. 

Burch is Muschamp's second five-star recruit in his four years at South Carolina, following sophomore defensive lineman Zaach Pickens, and the highest rated signee since Jadeveon Clowney was ranked No. 1 in 2011.  

Burch, a dominant force on both sides of the ball, helped lead the Skyhawks to their third straight SCISA 3A state title in 2019 with a 12-2 record. A preseason All-American, he was selected a game captain in the 2020 Under Armour All-American game and named the top player (Alpha Dog) at the Elite Under Armour camp. 

Burch, who also played basketball at Hammond, was coached by former South Carolina quarterback Erik Kimrey. He joins high school teammate Alex Huntley, a four-star defensive tackle, in the 2020 class. 

Burch's signing Thursday set off a big celebration among coaches and players at South Carolina's Football Operations Center.

"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," Muschamp said. "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."