At 6-2, 315 pounds, it's obvious that Bess, who some call Timmy, hasn't missed many chances to eat lately. That size has helped him control opponents from his offensive line spot during his three years at Parkland. Next season, Bess expects to see time on both sides of the line.
"I've been working out and getting ready for next year," Bess said. "I'm doing my school work, and we have been working out on Tuesday's and Wednesday's with the O-line, then on Thursday's with the D-Line. I'm trying to play both ways this year, so I normally go the YMCA after our workouts to get more stuff done on my own."
Bess needs to really cut down his 40 time which currently it around a six second time. Parkland Coach DeAngelo Bell said he plans to work on Bess' speed with a special technique. Parkland has a rather steep hill that Bell enjoys seeing his players run up. It's a struggle to climb, but it can help Bess cut down his 40 time.
"We are going to get him on that hill and get a few pounds off him," Bell said. "Most linemen only need to run 10 yards, so we will get him to where he needs to be."
Bell thinks that Bess can play at the next level.
"He has started since he was a freshman," Bell said. "We are working on his speed; he is already a good run blocker. Tim's an excellent player, doing a good job for us. Hard worker in the weight room and on the football field."
Bess was an all-conference selection in addition to making the Winston-Salem Journal's All-Northwest team. He also was selected to the Associated Press all-state team. Those accolades have led to high interest in Bess and the mail has been consistently arriving at both Parkland high and the Bess household.
"He gets a lot of mail from Colorado," Bell said. "He has been getting some mail at his house that I don't see and he is starting to pick up a lot here too."
Bess said he has seen mail from Colorado, Tennessee, Maryland, UNC, Wake Forest and from several Ivy League schools.
"At this point, I like Colorado, Wake and N.C. State," Bess said. "I like Colorado or N.C. State the most, but there are no offers at this point."
Bess plans to attend NIKE camp in a few weeks and will also camp at Colorado, Tennessee, N.C. State and maybe UNC, depending on his schedule.
Another reason for the interest is because of Bess' 3.75 GPA and his 1400-plus SAT score. Bess is also a member of the Parkland National Honor Society.
Bell said he is not surprised by anything that Bess does because of his family and his maturity.
"He was mature as a freshman and now he is just a real good leader for us. He is doing what he needs to do. Comes from a good home life and he is positive. He wants to help the young kids learn."
Power Clean 295
40 time 6.0