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.
“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.