Rivals250 CB has Gators leading after UF visit


With Jeremy Brown and Jaylen Watkins departing after next season and Marcus Roberson being a canidate to leave early for the NFL Draft, Florida coach Will Muschamp has placed a premium on cornerbacks in the 2014 class.

Duke Dawson is already in the commitment column and the Gators have handed out offers to several prospects.

One of the recent recipients was Kalvaraz Bessent, who has been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia this month. The Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County corner visited UF on Tuesday.

Bessent attended Florida's summer camp and the LSU game in 2012. (Photo courtesy)

“I really liked it,” Bessent said of his trip. “I connected with all the coaches and visited everywhere around campus. I learned about their nutrition program, the type of workouts they do and academics. So they showed me a lot.”

Bessent is being personally recruited by Muschamp and enjoyed spending time with him in Gaiensville.

“He kept it real,” Bessent said. “He’s honest with me and I think he’s a great person. We can talk about anything. He’s recruiting me harder than anybody else, and he’s actually a head coach. So that means a lot to me, and he really wants me to come play football at Florida.”

Muschamp has some help back at Camden County, which is also attended by UF linebacker signee Jarrad Davis.

“Me and Jarrad are pretty close,” Bessent said. “We’ve been friends since I moved to Kingsland three years ago and we started on defense together. He isn’t trying to persuade me to come with him, but he helps them out because of that connection.”

Bessent lived in Jacksonville prior to his 2010 move and grew up a Gator fan. UF currently sits atop his leaderboard.

“My Top 3 is Florida, Georgia and Alabama,” Bessent said. “I like Florida the most because of their defense. I’m excited about it. I like the swag and energy they play with.”

Bessent has only visited UF and UGA thus far. He is scheduled to take a trip to Tuscaloosa this Saturday and also wants to see Ohio State and Ole Miss.

He will retun to Florida next month for a spring practice and plans to make a decision before his senior season starts, preferably in the early summer.


    • Tampa Gator,
      It’s not a big deal. There are kids in every class who wear the same number in high school. Ahmad Fulwood and Max Staver both put on No. 5 jerseys when they visited UF, but Fulwood requested it first. If the coaches promised Thornton No. 4, it’s his.

  1. I really like how it seems champ involves himself personally in recruiting. Its important to build relationships with coordinators and position coaches but when the head coach is talking with you and checking up with you I can relate as a former college fball player it really sends a message to you that not only they really want you but that busy as HCs are hes taking time to do that.

  2. Over the last ten years we have become a bit of a cornerback U. First under Meyer with Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins and now Muschamp has it going with Roberson, Poole and Hargreaves III. Plus you can’t forget the old days with Fred Weary, Lito Shepard, and Jarvis Williams. That goes for safety as well with Reggie Nelson, Will Hill, and Matt Elam.

    Given the number of DB’s we bring in each year. I’m kind of amazed that we need to sign another two or three cornerbacks every year. I’m still looking forward to the day when we have a truly complete and dominant defense. Last year was pretty close but we were a little weak at cornerback. The D probably won’t be completely dominant this year but one of these days we are going to put it all together.

  3. I say take all you can get, turn the ones with the best hands into WR’s. A great running team requires WR’s who like contact, they are the ones who block effectively downfield. Yeah, give me a WR with speed and moves who can catch and run after the catch, and isn’t afraid to level a DB on a block, that’s the WR for me.