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By David Butler
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Originally a verbal commitment to Alabama, Kalvaraz Bessent will now play his college football at Auburn.

On the heels of Auburn University’s defeat Monday night at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles, Auburn has reinforcements on the way. 

2014 four-star defensive back Kalvaraz Bessent has verbally committed to Auburn, and to the Tigers, that is great news.

“It’s been a long process and it’s been pretty difficult choosing between all these schools,” Bessent said on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network.

Bessent fielded offers from a majority of the schools in the SEC, but ultimately narrowed his choices down to Auburn and the University of Alabama. Auburn had an incredible finish to the season by beating the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship Game, but that was not the only reason Bessent chose Auburn. 

“Me and my defensive backs coach [Melvin Smith], who was also my recruiting coach, have had a relationship ever since they offered me,” Bessent said.

It also did not hurt being recruited by a team that made it to the National Championship Game just one year removed from a season where the team did not win an SEC game.

“I just knew this was the best decision I could make so I can play for a coach that I know stuff about, and I know the things he’s done in the past with coaching DB’s and he has a good history,” Bessent said.

Bessent verbally committed to the University of Alabama early in the recruiting process, but changed his commitment to Auburn after he went on his visit to the school.

“It actually wasn’t an official visit, it was an unofficial visit, but my dad liked it and it just felt like home,” Bessent said.

Bessent, who played his high school football at Camden County, was verbally committed to Alabama with his good friend Chris Williams.

“We kind of wanted to go to the same school, and that’s what happened at the beginning. We were both committed for a long time, and I think he's still going to stay committed to Alabama, and we are still going to stay friends and probably just compete against each other."

Auburn may have come up short of winning the national championship, but the future looks bright for Bessent and the Tigers.

David Butler - David Butler, of Watkinsville, Georgia, is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. During college, David spent time on staff as his university newspaper's sports editor. Growing up just outside of UGA territory, David has been constantly surrounded by the love of football. He loves cheering on his Dawgs, and has a passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. When he is not tailgating, he is perfectly content cheering on his favorite teams from the comfort of his couch with his family, friends, pets, and extremely beautiful lady friend.