South Carolina football: Jordan Strachan transfers to Gamecocks

South Carolina football adds pass rushing specialist.

Shane Beamer and the South Carolina football program got a huge boost on the defensive side of the ball when it was learned that pass rushing specialist Jordan Strachan will join the Gamecocks’ roster for the 2021 season.

Strachan, an outside linebacker from Georgia State, tied for the NCAA lead in sacks last year, recording 10.5 quarterback takedowns over 10 games of action. Strachan also added 78 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He received third-team all-conference recognition for his stellar season.

The Peach State native was a two-star recruit coming out of high school, and held no scholarship offers. He arrived to the Panthers’ program as a walk-on in 2018. Strachan will now have three seasons of eligibility remaining in Columbia.

With the addition, the South Carolina defense gets an immediate jolt, as last year’s unit recorded an SEC-low 14 sacks on the year. The Gamecocks learned that they’ll also get JJ Enagbare back next season after he tallied a team-high six sacks in 2020, and the duo should provide a solid foundation for the new coaching staff to build upon.

Strachan adds quality depth to a linebacker room that’s losing its top tackler of the past two years and is in desperate need of production. Outside of Ernest Jones, no linebacker on the roster tallied more than 50 tackles.

Strachan should fit nicely into the Gamecocks’ new defensive scheme. Coordinator Clayton White installs a 4-2-5 defense that calls for speedy, athletic linebackers who can apply consistent pressure to opposing quarterbacks through blitz packages. Strachan’s past success in this department is the reason he was brought to Columbia, and he should factor into the linebacker rotation immediately.

With the addition, the Gamecocks have now earned a commitment from four transfers, as Strachan joins Ahmarean Brown (Georgia Tech), David Spaulding (Georgia Southern), and Darryl Williams (Delaware).