Already with a strong feeling about the Tigers, Bessent was in Jordan-Hare Stadium for Saturday's Iron Bowl and says the trip was one of the best he's had so far.
"It was a great experience," Bessent tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have never been to a game that crazy before. The Tiger Walk was pretty awesome. The pre-game and watching the players warm up and everything, it was all a good experience."
Finishing an 11-1 regular season with a dramatic win over Alabama, Auburn is headed to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta this weekend to face the Missouri Tigers. Watching closely to see what the first year under Malzahn would be like, Bessent notes he's been impressed by everything he's seen.
"I think they are doing a great job," Bessent says. "It was a big turnaround from last year with the new coaching staff. I think they have adjusted to things pretty well."
The 6-0, 170 Bessent has the length that Coach Melvin Smith likes at the position.
Rated the nation's number 16 cornerback, Bessent says that Auburn has made enough of an impact on him that the Tigers are now in a serious battle with Alabama for his signature on signing day in February.
"I'm pretty interested in Auburn," he points out. "It's going to come down between those two, Alabama and Auburn. I'm just going to take my official to both and which ever one I think I fit in with the best is the one. I'm probably going to try to take both my visits in December."
Auburn's first-year cornerback coach, Smith has done a great job at the position with very little depth to work with this season. Losing Josh Holsey to safety before the year started and then Ryan White made the move to safety during the season as well, leaving the Tigers with just senior Chris Davis and junior Jonathon Mincy at the position. That lack of depth is one of the reasons Bessent says he's very intrigued by Auburn and another is Smith.
"He's a pretty honest guy and very chill," Bessent says. "He's laid back. He has been keeping in touch with me ever since Auburn offered me."
Bessent's season ended in the second round of the playoffs for Camden County High. He's scheduled to play in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 4 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.