Alexander signs with Louisville

Mint Hill, N.C., Rocky River High School athlete Jaire Alexander signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday morning.

The University of Louisville is welcoming a group of new Cardinals on Wednesday, which is the first day of the early signing period for junior college and early high school graduates.

Two high school commitments have now signed with Louisville. The school announced the signing of Phenix City, Ala., Central High School playmaker Traveon Samuel last month, while Mint Hill, N.C., Rocky River High School athlete Jaire Alexander inked with the Cardinals on Wednesday morning.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Alexander, who ranks as the fifth-best player in North Carolina, committed to South Carolina in June, but an official visit with Louisville last week made an impact and he flipped his commitment soon after.

In addition to Louisville and South Carolina, Alexander also considered Kansas State, Connecticut, Marshall and a host of others.

"I got a great vibe," he said of his experience at U of L. "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 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.

Alexander is one of seven players that are expected to sign with Louisville on Wednesday.


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