In the three months since No. 1 national prospect Robert Nkemdiche de-committed from Clemson in November, it seemed as though the Tigers couldn't catch a break on the recruiting trail.
MacKensie Alexander is the lone five-star player in the Clemson recruiting class.
That changed Wednesday morning, when a coveted player that gave few hints during the recruiting process as to which college he would attend finally made his choice.
MacKensie Alexander is heading to Clemson.
Alexander, a five-star cornerback from Immokalee (Fla.), announced his selection live on ESPNU.
He immediately becomes the jewel of the 2013 Clemson class.
Not only is Alexander a terrific player, one with difference-making ability, but he plays a position where Clemson has a great need.
Alexander chose Clemson over Auburn and Mississippi State. In all, the 5-feet-10, 180-pounder had more than 20 offers.
The No. 29 prospect in the 247Composite and No. 4 player at his position, Alexander made his official visit to Clemson on Nov. 10. He would later take officials to Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
After Alexander visited Auburn the weekend of Jan. 25, it appeared as if that program had gained some momentum. The following weekend, his brother, safety Mackenro Alexander, also made a visit to Auburn, further fueling speculation that the talented cornerback would end up in the Southeastern Conference.
Publicly, MacKensie Alexander never named a leader.
But privately, he apparently gave Clemson reasons to be optimistic.