A strong camp performance earned defensive back Jaire Alexander (5-11 170) of Charlotte an offer from South Carolina, and a good experience on a visit over the weekend earned the Gamecocks a commitment from the cornerback on Monday.
Alexander had been committed to Charlotte before attending USC's camp earlier this month. Gamecocks secondary coach Grady Brown, who had checked on Alexander in the spring, liked what he saw in person and made the offer. Alexander came back with his parents for a visit Saturday and that was enough to convince him to accept the offer.
The three-star prospect also considered Connecticut, Louisville and Kansas State.
"I liked the sense of urgency, the way Coach Brown offered me after the camp means he liked what he had seen," Alexander said. "I think I can play early and play big-time football. They have a great combination of both. I liked the coaching staff. They really cared about me."
Alexander played cornerback last season for the first time. He had 48 tackles, seven interceptions and 13 pass deflections. He feels he showed Brown several positive attributes for playing corner in the SEC.
"My size and and my length," he said. "My fluidity in my hips. He likes my recovery speed."
Alexander also is excited about the chance to play in the SEC after it appeared he was destined for less-heralded conference.
"Going from Conference USA to SEC football is a no-brainer," he said. "That was really important. Going to the NFL is important and the SEC can put me in the best position for that."
Alexander is USC's 18th commitment for the 2015 class and the third for the secondary.