With John Fulton and Deion Belue set to graduate after the 2013 season, the University of Alabama needs to bring in some cornerbacks in the 2014 recruiting cycle to maintain depth. In fact, the Crimson Tide only have three underclassmen cornerbacks already on campus. Good news came Tuesday evening as one of the more coveted prospects in the Southeast made the call to join the defending National Champions.
“I am really excited about being part of the Crimson Tide,” Kalvaraz Bessent said. “My head coach is leaving, spring practice is about to start. I like Alabama a lot, so I feel if I commit to them early, they will commit to me too. We can build a great relationship from there.”
Bessent (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) exploded onto the recruiting scene last August at the Corky Kell Classic inside the Georgia Dome. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior took an interception to the end zone in the second half and went on to accumulate 41 tackles, six interceptions, four passes broken up defensively along with 13 catches for 244 yards and four touchdowns and 481 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns on offense.
Double-digit offers came in for Bessent, with programs such as Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State joining the Crimson Tide in targeting the big cornerback. Bessent took a visit to Alabama last month and feels he saw everything he wanted in a program during his trip.
“Alabama has the coaching staff, academics, weight room and history that I am looking for,” Bessent said. “Pretty much all-around it is a great school.”
The decision to choose Alabama was made last night during a conversation between Bessent and his father.
“That is when I realized Alabama was where I wanted to be,” Bessent said. “I spoke to Coack (Kirby) Smart and Coach (Nick) Saban this morning and I told them how excited I was about Alabama and that I wanted to commit. They said they were excited about it and that I could be very successful in their program. They told me I am the top cornerback they are after and that I can do great things for them.”
The addition of Bessent gives Alabama two commitments for the 2014 class, joining ESPN Watch List selection Bo Scarbrough (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge) on this list.