FORT MYERS – Bishop Verot has had continuity under center for the last two seasons.
That will continue once again in 2017 with rising senior quarterback Korey Besse.
The 6’2″, 175-pounder started all 11 games a year ago and five as a sophomore as he transferred over from North Fort Myers.
He was originally going to be out for the season due to a recruitment violation but he wound up taking the issue to court, won the appeal and was able to play the second of his sophomore year.
The Vikings have gone 6-5 and 8-3 over the last two seasons with appearances in the Class 4A region semifinals, both times losing to Cocoa.
Besse threw for 1,831 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, nine interceptions while adding one rushing touchdown as a junior. He feels good about his progressions.
“I feel like I’ve progressed a lot,” Besse told Prep Sports Scouting. “I’ve been doing a lot of training with Ken Mastrole, he played NFL ball and head coach Josh Vogelbach. In my third year in the offense, I’m very comfortable where I’m at.”
He says he feels like he is underlooked for the most part.
“No one sees the heart that I have, how much I love this game and what I’m willing to do on the field,” Besse said.
In terms of this upcoming season, Besse says he thinks the Vikings are looking pretty good.
“We have some young guns coming up and progressing really well,” he said. “We have some young receivers that have to step up. We have returners in the receiving core, so that’s a big help. I’m really excited, everyone is on the same page and we are ready to go.”
He pointed to his quick release, footwork and ability to read defenses as his biggest strengths. he wants to continue to get better at going through his progressions.
No offers or interest have come yet for Besse, but he gets to hang out with a current MLB first baseman in former Bishop Verot grad and current Seattle Mariner Dan Vogelbach.
“Dan comes around a lot actually. He’s close with all of us,” Besse said. “Sometimes he’ll hook us up with cleats because he’s sponsored by Adidas. He’s just one of the guys. He preaches to us that if you work hard and put the time in, it will pay off.”
Besse’s offensive coordinator the last two seasons is Vogelbach’s older brother, Josh who took over as the head coach in January.
“No one pushes me harder than he [Vogelbach] does,” Besse said. “He knows the game better than anyone I’ve ever met. I really enjoy working with him and I feel like you can’t get any better training than from him.”
He says he loves playing at Verot because he thinks it prepares him for college and the fanbase packed with alumni is fun to have around.
Besse plans to take football as far as he can which he says he hopes includes a free education. He plans to study business in college.
This is a huge season for Besse. He proved himself plenty as a junior and with more confidence and leadership surrounding him, the better he’ll do. He’s in a spot to succeed and I expect him to make a lot of noise in Ft. Myers.
Favorite players to watch – Tom Brady
Playlist before games – Drake, Kendrick Lamar
Favorite movies – Gridiron Gang
Favorite TV shows – ESPN, Last Chance U
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I love animals. I think that’s my biggest soft spot that you’ll never meet someone who loves animals as much as me. Wolves are my favorite.”
Game film: Besse’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Jim Dwyer
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