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Auburn flips second Bama cornerback in month

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This is starting to become some sort of routine. Auburn is having a lot of fun talking Alabama’s cornerback recruits into dropping the ‘Tide in favor of the Tigers.

Maybe the Iron Bowl and SEC title had something to do with it?

Kalvaraz Bessent, who spoke glowingly about Alabama when interviewed by Saturday Down South earlier this fall, is now on board with Auburn. He officially announced his change of heart Monday. On Nov. 20, Stephen Roberts did the same thing, switching from the Crimson Tide to the Tigers. Both play cornerback.

RELATED: Four-star cornerback Stephen Roberts is second Bama decommitment this week

Bessent is a four-star prospect standing 6-foot-0, 170-pounds. He is from Camden County in Georgia.

“Roll with the Tide or get left,” Bessent told SDS in September … obviously not how he feels now. “I mean, it’s a great place to play football. It reminds me of home. It’s the sport everybody wants to see in town and the coaching staff and the tradition.”

Auburn now has 19 commitments on board and is ranked the No. 8 class in the nation.

One thing to keep in mind with Alabama … the No. 1 cornerback in the nation, Marlon Humphrey, will likely pick the Crimson Tide. He is the son of former Bama star Bobby Humphrey. So, sometimes when the domino effect begins to happen, players switch schools. Also, Washington D.C. five-star CB Jalen Tabor is on an official visit this weekend to Tuscaloosa, and his interest in nearby Maryland may be cooling somewhat after the Terrapins didn’t exactly rock the world this fall. And, as many know, Ohio native and Ohio State lean Marshon Lattimore, also a cornerback, was in town recently for an official visit with Alabama. So who knows, maybe this is just a reshuffling of the deck?

Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.





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Comments 14

  1. Ooo that Bama shine isn’t so shiny now that there’s another sexy up and comer. Malzahn dismantling the dynasty, piece by piece.

    • Nope, don’t worry, Bama still has the best recruiting class in the country.

    • Auburn has done in one year what the Vols have been unable to do in 7 years! Man, that’s got to suck! But don’t worry help is on the way. Gruden will be their next head coach!

    • That makes no sense, even the author of this article pointed out that it is probably to do with playing time and depth chart. Let them take the 4-star recruits, we keep taking the 5-star ones.

  2. Actually, as an AU fan, I think they see immediate playing time in our secondary, rather than having to wait in the conga-line that is the bama DB depth chart.

  3. At least its something there to dismantle .. and I don’t see anyone rushing to jump aboard the mutt wagon.

  4. As you imply, Brian, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if these flips are the result of Saban telling the “little” dogs to move along so that the bigger dogs can come in to eat.

  5. Definitely glad we’re starting to get some of these recruits, but only a fool would think that this hurts bama or even phases Saban. He’s got 5 star athletes lined up 3 deep at every position on the field. Most of the reason these guys are flipping is because they see immediate playing time at Auburn, and they also see better talent commiting to UA. Regardless, it’s nice to see some of these athletes jumping on board

  6. perhaps it has more to do with Saban’s poor after game comments than the BCS NC

  7. This link will lead you to an article on the CBS Sports website devoted to the subject of “Over-signing”, the advantage some schools take (ONE SCHOOL AND ONE COACH DESCRIBED IN PARTICULAR) by bending the NCAA rules on over-signing, and the harm suffered by some recruits because of this shady practice.

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/21733077

    The author does a great job explaining this subject that goes to the very heart of the integrity of college football. I encourage every fan of college football to read the article, but recruits and their families should be especially interested on educating themselves on this practice as it could affect a recruit’s career for the rest of his life.

  8. HE SAW WHAT WAS COMING TO BAMA AN TUCKED HIS CAT TAIL BETWEEN HISLES AND RAN TO THE BARN. WHEN YOUR SCAED OF COMPITITION YOU DON’T GO TO BAMA. THEY HAVE SOMEBODY BETTER COMING TO BAMA.SO HE GOT OUT OF TOWN. NT THAT GOOD ANYWAY. BARNERS CAN HAVE HIM. JUST GETTING RID OF SOME TRASH IS ALL

  9. Humphrey>Bessent. Logical answer here but everyone loves to blow anything out of proportion.