USC's Swearinger first Gamecock taken in 2013 draft

      HOUSTON (WACH/AP) -- The Houston Texans have selected South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger in the second round of the NFL draft.

      Swearinger was taken 57th overall by Houston. He'll join a defense that added veteran safety Ed Reed in the off-season.

      Congratulations from Gamecock teammates rushed in via Twitter shortly after the pick was announced.

      "Congrats to my roommate and teammate," tweeted Damario Jeffery. "Your dream is now a reality."

      Former Gamecock tight end Justice Cunningham also weighed in on South Carolina's first draft pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

      "Congrats to my boy," tweeted Cunningham. "I've seen first-hand how much he wants it and how he works to get it. #MuchDeserved."

      Swearinger started 12 games last season and finished with 79 tackles, two forced fumbles and seven pass breakups. He also returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns.

      The Texans went to defense in Round 2 after selecting Swearinger's former foe in Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick on Thursday night.