Update: South Carolina officially announces that Jordan Burch has signed with the Gamecocks.
The recruiting battle for five-star defensive end Jordan Burch
between LSU and South Carolina will likely continue on past National Signing Day.
Burch, a native Columbia, South Carolina, committed to the Gamecocks over LSU during the Early Signing Period on Dec. 18 but never signed with a school.
That same trend continued Wednesday on National Signing Day when Burch reportedly signed with South Carolina but did not turn his letter of intent to the University, according to multiple reports.
As a result, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp was not allowed to comment on his recruitment, and Burch and his family declined interviews with the media after his signing ceremony. Per The State:
And in yet another twist in a recruitment full of secrecy and speculation, Burch once again skipped interviews after the ceremony, and his mother declined to say whether he had signed his LOI. The Post and Courier reported that Burch briefly indicated he had, but Hammond coach Erik Kimrey said he was unsure if he had or not.
As of Muschamp’s 4:30 p.m. press conference Wednesday, the program has yet to acknowledge Burch, meaning he hasn’t sent in his letter of intent. Huntley was officially recognized by USC after his ceremony Wednesday and Muschamp spoke on him during his press conference.
Until Burch officially signs with a school, other universities will be allowed to recruit and maintain contact with him. That includes Coach O and LSU, where Burch visited two weeks ago.