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June 23, 2014
Plenty of names well-known in recruiting circles were present for South Carolina's one-day skills camp last Friday.
It was a lesser-known prospect that has picked up steam lately, however, that was one of the event's top performers in one-on-ones. Charlotte (N.C.) Rocky River's Jaire Alexander landed an offer from the Gamecock defensive staff following his work in the morning camp session.
At the time, Alexander was committed to Charlotte, a pledge that he recently backed off of, as Louisville, Connecticut, Kansas State, and South Carolina offered and others like Tennessee began to show interest. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder scheduled a return trip to Columbia that took place on Saturday.
On Monday, the Queen City product pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Gamecocks, which he revealed on camera exclusively with Rivals.com/GamecockCentral.com. Alexander said that even though his offer is just days old, that he had actually been on USC's radar for some time.
"It started back in early April," he said. "Coach Elliott saw my film and said he was going to run it by the DB coach. Coach Brown said he really liked my film and my size. We had a lot of one-on-one time before the camp started. When I got there, I did my thing, locked some receivers down. After the camp, he came and talked to me. He said I was offered contingent on my transcript, which I knew my transcript was fine."
An added bonus for the Gamecock staff is that Alexander will be able to enroll early. He hopes to make a quick impact in the classroom and on the gridiron.
"I want to be ahead of all the freshmen in my class. Coach Brown likes me as a free safety because I have great ball skills but he also likes me at corner because I have fluid hips. My number one goal is go to the NFL. SEC football gives you the best chance to do that. I want to go in there and work hard, be the number one guy on and off the field, set great examples, show great character. I just want to be a Gamecock."
Don't know much about Alexander? We tell subscribers how he fits in, what kind of person and player he is, and more in "Inside the Decision".
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