Former South Carolina defensive end Jordan Burch has a new home for 2023.

Burch announced on Wednesday that he would be transferring to Oregon. Burch was previously recruited by Oregon head coach Dan Lanning while he served on staff at Georgia under Kirby Smart.

Burch, a former 5-star from Hammond (S.C.), was 1 of the key components to the Gamecocks’ success in 2022 under 2nd-year coach Shane Beamer. In 13 games, the 6-foot-6, 286-pound defender registered career-highs in tackles (56), tackles for a loss (7.5) and sacks (3.5).

Burch, who was listed as the No. 8 player in the 2020 recruiting class, was the 2nd-highest ranked recruit in South Carolina history behind only defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. In 34 games with the Gamecocks, he totaled 105 tackles with 12.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, five pass breakups, and an interception return for a touchdown.

The transfer portal has hit the Gamecocks hard since their season-finale win over Clemson. Multiple players have left the program for greener pastures, including tight end Jahiem Bell, tight end Austin Stogner, running back Marshawn Lloyd, and others. Burch, however, might be the most demanding player to replace in 2023.
Burch is now the 8th player to join Lanning’s roster via the transfer portal this offseason. Other prospects from the SEC include wide receiver Traeshon Holden (Alabama) and cornerback Khyree Jackson (Alabama).