Ole Miss signees leave Bassfield with a bang
The twin brothers from Bassfield, who signed with the Rebels this past February, flashed their speed in last week’s MHSAA Class 2A state track meet, competing against one another in the 200-meter dash.
The 1-2 finish (Alvin edged out his brother with a time of 22.21 seconds compared to 22.34) was just a portion of the 64 team points the Yellow Jackets accumulated in winning the 2A state title at Pearl High School. It was also the latest example of the brothers 1) competing outside against one another and 2) leaving an athletic event as state champions.
Bassfield won the 2A football title this year. Calvin won the individual state powerlifting title in the 181-pound division, while Alvin finished with three gold medals around his neck at the end of the track meet.
“This is my last high school track meet. I decided to go out my senior year with a bang,” said Alvin, who finished first in the 100 with a time of 10.8 seconds. “I came up short to Kailo Moore, my future teammate, (in 2013). But I took care of business this year.”
Calvin, who was recruited to play cornerback by Hugh Freeze, said finishing so high in the 200 shows that he, and his brother, are more than just fast, they have stamina as well.
“This is what we’ve been working on. You got to have some wind to finish the 200. It’s a man race. We’re not just fast in the 40, we’re fast in the 200 also,” Calvin said. “I’m so ready to be at Ole Miss. We have been working in and out of the weight room when we’re not in class.”
Not that the twins are poor academically, but being stuck inside, in a class, or at home, isn’t their style. Ole Miss linebackers coach Tom Allen, who directly recruited the duo, said on signing day that every time he tried to get the brothers on the phone, they had to be tracked down because they were either hunting or outside, working or shooting basketball.
“I have to give a shout out to my parents. They’ve pushed us along the way. My dad, he has us outside. Not only does he want it for us, but we want it for ourselves. We know it’s going to take extra work to become great,” Alvin said about being active and how it’s translated to success in sports.
Calvin, who said he and his brother hunt outside of their house in Jefferson Davis County, felt like he was at home when he came to Oxford in search of a scholarship offer. Alvin had already picked up an offer and Calvin, thanks to a good showing at last June’s summer camp, was right there to commit when Freeze extended an offer.
“He shows us great love and we show it back. That’s one of the main reasons I went, the coaches and the love they show,” Calvin said. “When we got the offer June 6, I was ready. I had to show the coaches what I could do at defensive back. It doesn’t matter where I play, I’m just ready.”
Alvin has been using the workout sheet he got from Ole Miss strength coach Paul Jackson and is currently up to 195 pounds, which makes his time in the 100 even more impressive.
“I feel like I’m in good shape, but there is always room for improvement,” Alvin said.
The 2014 signing class is a close one, Alvin said. Lafayette’s D.K. Buford, fellow Ole Miss signee, was running right behind Alvin in the 100 and the three all became close last December in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic.
“That was a great success there even though we came up short. We all worked hard. We became one as a family,” Alvin said.
Bassfield has been one of the most consistent high school programs in the state the past five seasons and that shouldn’t change this fall, not with safety Jamal Peters still on the team. Peters (6-foot-3, 220) is one of the top-ranked prospects in the nation and he has a bevy of offers, including Ole Miss. Alvin said he has talked with Peters about his future, and of course, he would love to see the Yellowjacket turn into a Rebel, without putting on any real pressure.
“A player is going to go where he wants to go, where he feels the best. We do talk a lot about it because I would love to have him as a teammate. He is a great student and a great athlete,” Alvin said. “I chose Ole Miss because it’s all about the love, and Ole Miss is on the rise. We’re going to go in there next year and we’re going to go in there and get the ball. That’s some of the stuff we talk about.”