South Carolina edge Jordan Burch enters NCAA transfer portal

South Carolina edge rusher Jordan Burch, a former five-star recruit, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, sources tell 247Sports. The Big Spur first reported the likely move earlier this week. Burch is coming off a breakout season as a junior for the Gamecocks as one of the team’s top defenders after collecting a career-best 60 tackles (7.5 for losses) and 3.5 sacks.

Burch signed with South Carolina as the gem of the program’s 2020 class as one of the top players in the country, per 247Sports. He’ll be a significant loss up front for South Carolina and defensive coordinator Clayton White’s unit for 2023.

Burch said prior to South Carolina’s bowl loss to Notre Dame that he was mulling his options for his senior season. He is NFL Draft eligible as well.

The 2022-23 cycle for the NCAA transfer portal is unlike any yet seen with the window for FBS athletes closing later this month. Eligible players to enter before the window include FCS players, grad transfers, and those whose head coaches were fired.

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.

While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.

There were 3,083 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2021-22 transfer cycle, sources said. That is up from 2,646 in 2021-20, 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

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That whopping increase can be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet a NCAA-mandated entry deadline.

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