DETROIT, Mich. – Cass Tech High School is well known for producing elite athletes, especially from the cornerback position. This offseason, sophomore Kalon Gervin worked hard to hopefully put his name into that select group this fall.
“It went great,” Gervin told Today’s U. “I ran track this year went all-state as a freshman. I think I worked on my breaks a lot, my ball skills, plus at receiver too in the slot. I’m working on becoming a better athlete all around.”
Checking in at 5’11” and 170 pounds, Gervin made states in the 100-meter dash, clocking a blazing fast time for a freshman at 11.1 seconds.
In addition to his work on the track, Gervin also attended camps at various colleges across the Midwest. According to the rising sophomore, he received positive reviews at each stop.
“I camped at Penn State, Michigan State and Toledo,” said Gervin. “I did great at Michigan State and Penn State. They said the same thing. They said they are going to offer me after the second game of this season. They want to see what I will do in the first couple games. Toledo already offered me, so that’s great. I didn’t get a chance to go to as many as I wanted to because I went to the NFL Prep Academy camp in Philadelphia, but it was productive.”
Gervin, who describes himself as a “fast, aggressive cover corner” says he is hearing from Michigan State the most thus far. The Spartans are yet to offer, but MAC programs Akron and Toledo wasted no time in offering the talented corner.
“My coach told me about Akron,” said Gervin. “I went to Toledo’s camp and they brought me in the office [to offer]. Akron happened while I was in school. That was a big surprise. I went to the [Toledo] camp and ran a 4.28 [40-yard dash] and earned that one. I also did great in 1-on-1s.”
Gervin says the Toledo coaches invited him down to a game which he plans to accept, although it is unclear which game he will visit for this fall.
In the meantime, Gervin is working to get his name out there with several Big Ten programs.
“I’m building relationships with Michigan,” said Gervin. “So that’s good. Penn State, I think we might build a better relationship too once they offer. With Ohio State, I’ve talked to coach [Kerry] Coombs a lot. I like down south too, like Florida, Florida State and Alabama. I’d be interested in Tennessee also.”
In terms of which programs he plans to visit this season, Gervin has his eyes on a trio of Big Ten schools.
“Illinois for sure,” said Gervin. “I’m probably going to an Ohio State game. I’m definitely going to a Michigan game and I’m definitely going to the Oregon and Michigan State game.”
During his visit for the Oregon-MSU game, which will take place on September 12, Gervin looks to communicate more with the coaching staff.
“Just like talking to the coaches and stuff like that,” said Gervin. “I like the campus a lot. I took a lot of visits up there. I took seven so far. I’m kind of familiar with the surrounding.”
Last season, Gervin accumulated 26 tackles and three pass deflections in limited playing time. This season, he has set a goal of at least 40 tackles, five touchdowns on offense and three interceptions.