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Monday, February 25, 2013
Two on top for CB Bessent

By Kipp Adams

On a team full of senior stars, cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) made a name for himself early last season.

At the Corky Kell Classic inside the Georgia Dome, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior took an interception to the end zone. For the season, Bessent made 41 tackles, six interceptions, broke up four passes, caught 13 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns and rushed the ball for 481 yards and four touchdowns. Double-digit offers have since come in for Bessent, including one from Alabama, which offered Bessent and his teammate Chris Williams on signing day.

On Monday, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Florida State threw their names into the hat for Bessent.

“I do not know a whole lot about them, so I will find out more when I visit,” Bessent said. “My dad was actually waiting on Florida State to offer because he thinks it is a good school with a great program.”

Bessent took his first trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., over the weekend.

“I liked my first visit to Alabama a lot,” Bessent said. “They have good facilities, great coaches, nice girls and they treated me like a king while I was there. What stood out to me was the indoor practice facility, the weight room – pretty much everything.”

With several other prospects on campus at the same time, Bessent was surprised at the amount of attention he received while on campus.

“I was not expecting to be treated too special,” Bessent said. “Getting to sit down in Nick Saban’s office with the other staff in there telling me I am one of the top players in my class and at the top of their list at cornerback was a good experience. That was awesome and [it] felt like I was dreaming.”

The head coach of the back-to-back national champions went to work selling Bessent on the benefits of being a student-athlete at Alabama.

“Coach Saban told me I was a great football player and if I do everything right I could play for them and have a chance of going on to play professional football,” Bessent said. “He talked about how they have guys going to the NFL and a good educational program that graduates the most athletes among the public universities.”

Williams accompanied Bessent on the trip to Alabama, and the teammates discussed playing there together next year. For now, the Tide are one of two SEC programs at the top of the list for Bessent.

“Chris Williams and I both want to go to the same school, so Alabama has a chance of getting both of us,” Bessent said. “Alabama and Florida are my top schools. They both have great coaches, a great setup for their program, nice-looking girls and they graduate their athletes.”