Hammond DE Jordan Burch is one of the few 5-star prospects who has not publicly committed going into the early signing period Wednesday morning. As a matter of fact, he has hardly publicly commented about his recruiting except to reveal a top five of USC, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Alabama. There have been as many projections for him as there are recruiting websites. For example, DawgPost, a Georgia website, suggested Tuesday night Burch will sign with Georgia, and if not, then likely LSU. He took an official visit to Georgia last weekend.
Burch will reveal his decision Wednesday at his high school gym. ESPNU is set to televise the announcement at around 2:30 PM. And then, some coaching staff is going to celebrate an early Christmas gift, because Burch is without question, according to his coach Erik Kimrey, one of the most gifted players in the country.
“What doesn’t stand out,” Kimrey said. “He’s unbelievably athletic for someone his size. He has the build of an NFL defensive end. He’s still developing strength and quickness and things of that nature. He can handle the ball and play point guard in basketball at 6-6, 255. Just incredible athleticism for someone his size. He has probably the best pair of hands I’ve ever seen in terms of catching a ball. He’s got great ball skills. He could easily play offense on the next level as well. When you have a kid with that kind of size and athleticism, it’s just a sight to behold to be honest with you.”
“He excels at everything,” Kimrey continued. “There’s nothing he’s not good at. He’s still learning, the ins and outs of technique and things of that nature, but there’s nothing you can ask him to do that he can’t do. He can literally play any position on the football field on either side of the ball.”
You can’t be a 5-star defensive end in this state without drawing comparisons to the one who broke the mold, Jadeveon Clowney.
“I didn’t watch Jadeveon in high school,” said Kimrey. “I think Jadeveon probably had a little better burst off the ball for sure, but I think Jordan is probably more athletic with his hands.”
Clemson and USC each have one other prospect on the board they’ll be waiting on Wednesday. For the Tigers, it’s SAF Malcolm Greene of Highland Springs, VA. He has been committed to LSU but took an official to Clemson last weekend. He announces at 9:30. And for the Gamecocks, it’s TE Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, GA. He’s also been considering Florida State and Oklahoma, and USC has been viewed as the favorite. He plans his announcement for 1:00.