CHARLOTTE – Jaire Alexander committed to South Carolina the summer before his senior season in June of 2014 and was set to enroll early with the Gamecocks.
But when rumors began swirling that USC head coach Steve Spurrier was nearing the end of his career, Alexander decommitted from South Carolina and switched his pledge to Louisville.
The cornerback has had an exceptional career for the Cardinals and is recognized as one of the top DBs in the country. He explained at the ACC Kickoff event Thursday in Charlotte why he switched his commitment from USC to Louisville.
“It was some allegations that Spurrier was leaving. They were going to have a new staff. I took all of that into consideration. I didn’t really hear much from them about any of that. I didn’t really hear much from them at all, really,” Alexander said. “I got to Louisville. I got a bunch of one-on-one time with Coach Petrino. I really enjoyed it.”
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Alexander said he was close to fellow former South Carolina commits Arden Key and Mark Fields in that recruiting class.
Key ended up signing with LSU, while Fields went to Clemson.
Alexander was named second-team All-ACC in 2016 and led Louisville with five interceptions. He recorded two interceptions and forced a fumble in a close loss at Clemson.