Alexander gets 'great vibe' from Louisville

Mint Hill, N.C., Rocky River High School athlete Jaire Alexander talked with Cardinal Authority about his flipping a commitment from South Carolina to Louisville on Sunday. Alexander gives the U of L Cardinals a total of 20 commitments in the '15 class.

Mint Hill, N.C., Rocky River High School three-star athlete Jaire Alexander said in the end his decision on Sunday was an easy one.

Alexander came on an official visit to the University of Louisville as a prospect who was committed to playing at South Carolina and was just looking around.

But he left a U of L commitment.

"I got a great vibe," he said. "It was early playing time, I get to keep my same jersey (number) and just a lot of other reasons. It was just a vibe from all the coaches.

"I even got a chance to spend 1-on-1 time with coach T-Buck (Terrell Buckley) and coach (Bobby) Petrino. It was just a fun time."

Alexander will be used to start off as a cornerback but has also been an accomplished wide receiver in high school. He said the visit to Louisville opened his eyes.

"I loved the city," he said. "And the players are all here to compete. It was great."

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Alexander ranks as the fifth-best player in North Carolina, Alexander had been committed to South Carolina since June. He was recruited mainly as a cornerback by the Gamecocks but has also played some wide receiver and special teams.

Alexander ranks as the No. 89 corner in the country and No. 36 among corners in the South by Scout.com.

Alexander had over 70 catches for more than 1,300 yards and 25 total touchdowns as a senior. He also had 35 tackles, four interceptions and returned a punt, two kickoffs and an interception for a TD.


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