The latter was the case for a pair of four-star defenders in Tuscaloosa for the Florida at Alabama game on Saturday. Phenix City (Ala.) Central teammates John Broussard (pictured above) and Markail Benton didn’t get much time with Nick Saban’s staff, but each enjoyed the game itself while on campus.
“We had a good time, the atmosphere, the game, it was all good,” Broussard said.
A cornerback with double-digit scholarship offers to his name, the junior had his eyes on a former Scout.com five-star while in the stands at Bryant-Denny Stadium before perhaps the leading Heisman contender owned the ballgame.
It was a similar story for Benton (pictured below), the sophomore who was openly rooting for the Crimson Tide as he has for most of his football life.
“I had a lot of fun Saturday, It was very exciting,” he said. “I was a little upset during the first half because of all the (Alabama) turnovers.”
As the game progressed, so did Benton’s sense of calm as Alabama won 42-21. After the game, he had a brief moment with UA’s defensive coordinator.
“I got to talk to Coach [Kirby] Smart, and he was like I should come up more and I told him I would,” Benton said. “ When I walked outside after talking to Coach Smart, the players were getting on the bus. But I like Amari Cooper, he’s amazing.”
Both Broussard and Benton shared that they would return to Tuscaloosa for unofficial visits later this fall. Each is likely to visit Auburn this coming weekend.