1. Four star cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent says he wants to play for the Crimson Tide. ”Alabama has the coaching staff, academics, weight room and history that I am looking for. Pretty much all-around it is a great school.” The Camdeon County (GA) player had Alabama and Florida in his top two before committing to the Tide on Tuesday. He becomes Alabama’s second commitment of the 2014 class.
2. Here’s what Bessent told AJC.com: “Me and my dad talked last night, and we decided that I definitely needed to go ahead and commit to a school. It was because my head coach (at Camden) was leaving and we didn’t know what kind of coach is coming in, and if it would change anything. Also, spring practice is coming up, and, in case I get injured, I need to be committed to a school.”
3. Fort-Worth, Texas running back Daniel Gresham is a Texas commitment but has an offer from Alabama. With Longhorns coach Mack Brown imposing a “no-visit” policy for committed prospects, Gresham faces a decision and so, perhaps, does Brown if the Texas prospect decides to check out Alabama. As Mike Herndon notes: “If you’re going to draw a line in the sand, you have to be prepared to stick to your guns when someone crosses it. Otherwise, the line means nothing. ”
4. He’s 6-feet-7, 345 pounds and the son of a former NFL tackle. Orlando Brown, Jr. has reportedly narrowed his list to seven schools, including Alabama. “Coach (Nick) Saban is a great coach and great recruiter and I am into winning championships.” The Sewanee, Ga. lineman’s list also includes South Carolina and Arkansas.
5. Auburn high school cornerback Antreal Allen was named the MVP among the defensive backs at the VTO Sports Prep 100 over the weekend. While he currently has just one offer (Arkansas State), he says he’s receiving interest from SEC schools, including Alabama and Auburn.
7. Big weekend for Tennessee. Vols land three 2014 commitments, including two Tennessee legacies. Defensive back Todd Kelly, Jr is the son of former defensive end Todd Kelly and receiver Neiko Creamer is the son of former cornerback Andre Creamer. Tennessee now has four commitments in its 2014 class.
8. Baylor commitment Davion Hall visited Arkansas over the weekend and came away impressed. ”I saw a lot of people tripping out at a baseball game I’ve never seen that before. At the track meet that was the first time to hear the pig sooie thing. I thought it was pretty cool.” Hall’s cousin is on the Arkansas track team.