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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Richt does homework, offers 2014 CB

By Radi Nabulsi

Camden County (Ga.) High School is a powerhouse program in south Georgia. And if Mark Richt has his way it will be a pipeline of talent to his Bulldogs. He already has quarterback Brice Ramsey and offensive utility man J.J. Green as early enrollees for the Class of 2013.

On Friday night he offered another of their Wildcats teammates. Cornerback Kalvarez Bessent said it was an offer he had been expecting, yet it still caught him off guard.

“It was actually a surprise for me because I had thought I was going to get offered sooner than I did,” Bessent said. “I got the call last night from Mark Richt, and I was excited about it. I wasn’t worried about it. I just stayed patient. Richt and I had talked before when I visited with J.J. and Brice. We had a one-on-one conversation, and he just kept it real with me. He told me they had so many recruits for the 2013 class he wouldn’t know what he needed for a while. So I guess he thought about it and talked to the other coaches and shot me an offer yesterday.”

Richt and Bessent spoke at length before the offer was made.

“He actually wanted to know a lot more about me, so we talked about my family life and everything,” Bessent said. “We eventually talked about football. He said the defensive staff liked me and that he watched my film and he wanted to give me an offer. My reaction was like, ‘Wow.’ ”

The head coach did his homework on Bessent, checking the 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback’s references with his former teammate.

“I talked to Brice yesterday after he sent me a text congratulating me,” Bessent said. “He and Mark Richt had talked before Richt called me. I guess he wanted to know more about me. I just talked to J.J. this morning. He called to congratulate me, too, and to tell me to keep doing the right thing. They always tell me to join them. Every time I say something about another school they tell me, ‘Shut up. You are going to Georgia.’ ”

Bessent says he has offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida and Auburn so far. He plans to visit a number of those schools towards the end of February and the beginning of March.

“I was going to go to Florida today but one of the commits at our school, Jarred Davis, he had to work,” Bessent said. “But I have been there a couple times already since I have been recruited there. I plan to visit Alabama, Ohio State and Ole Miss, too.”

Bessent did not grow up a Georgia fan. In fact he liked the Bulldogs’ southern rivals.

“I was a fan of Florida growing up and I always played with Ohio State on my video games so I was a fan of them, too,” Bessent said. “I also liked Alabama on NCAA so you could say I was a fan of them, too.”