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Martin on Burch playing some basketball: 'That option is on the table'

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Martin on Burch playing some basketball: 'That option is on the table'

Feb. 20, 2020, | GCF Staff Report

5-star DE Jordan Burch exploring the possibility of playing two sports in college. Martin said. “Will recruited him, not me. I spent a lot of time watching him play basketball over the last four years. He’s a really good basketball player. That option was part of the recruitment and is on the table for him. It takes certain human beings to do it because it’s not easy.”

Martin’s coached a few guys that split time between football and basketball, first one was Bruce Ellington and most recent one was Evan Hinson before he transferred out. Burch, who was recruited as a football player and rightfully so, also plays basketball at Hammond School and is very good at it.

When he’s visited, including coming in last weekend before officially signing his NLI, he’s sat behind the Gamecock bench, which is usually reserved for basketball recruits. Part of his visit that weekend was also coming in and getting to watch shoot around. Burch was back in the house for South Carolina’s 74-54 win over Texas A&M Saturday behind the home team’s bench as well. It’s not a forgone conclusion Burch will play two sports, but Martin said it’s a possibility after Burch gets settled on campus and goes through his first football season under Will Muschamp.

Martin had the following to say. “Jordan is a really good basketball player. That was part of recruiting him. If he came here, I believe in him as a basketball player. That option is on the table. Like he told me when he was here for the Missouri game, he told me in shoot around he’ll make that decision when that season is over, which I fully understand. It all sounds good. Then you line up and get your head beat in every single week. That body don’t feel right. That option is on the table.

"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. 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."

Burch committed to South Carolina in December and, despite a late push from LSU, signed with the Gamecocks this week with the news becoming official Thursday night. He enters college as the No. 17 player in the country, the highest player the Gamecocks have signed since Jadeveon Clowney.

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