Just one day after officially being selected to play in the 2013-14 BCS National Championship Game, Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers are already reaping the benefits.
On Monday afternoon, 4-star cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent flipped his commitment from Nick Saban and Alabama to the in-state rivals.
AL.com's Auburn athletics Twitter feed confirmed the news:
Bessent himself then tweeted this, which might just add a little bit of fuel to an already heated rivalry:
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Bessent, who was named to the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game, ranks as the 76th-best prospect in the entire 2014 class, the 10th-best cornerback and the sixth-best player out of the state of Georgia.
He committed to Alabama way back in March, but as 247Sports noted, he was at Jordan-Hare Stadium (unofficial Auburn visit) on Nov. 30 for the Tigers' Game of the Century win over the Crimson Tide.
Throw in the Tigers' trip to the national championship a week later, and the appeal was apparently too much to pass up for Bessent, who joins fellow 4-star cornerback Stephen Roberts as players from the 2014 class to switch from 'Bama to Auburn, per AL.com's Mike Herndon.
Bessent, at 6'0" and 170 pounds, has a good combination of size, length and playmaking skills that should allow him to make an impact at the next level fairly soon.
His commitment gives the Tigers three cornerbacks in the 2014 class, while Alabama is left with none, making No. 5 overall prospect Marlon Humphrey's decision all the more important for the Tide.