CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Coming off a tough loss against King at Ford Field this Friday, sophomore athlete Kalon Gervin is one of many highly notable recruits from powerhouse Cass Tech in Detroit. Gervin, a multi-sport athlete with the speed to outrun nearly any tackler, took a visit to Illinois yesterday as the Fighting Illini are highly interested in his talent.
“It was real cool,” Garvin told Today’s U. “The coaches were really down to earth. They really made me comfortable and they did well. The game was kind of close at the end, but Wisconsin came out with the win.”
While on the visit, Gervin received an offer from Illinois, his third of the process so far, joining Akron and Toledo. This marked Gervin’s first Big Ten offer, however, and the sophomore standout spoke about his recent scholarship.
“My coach kind of hinted at it,” Gervin said. “He told me it was important that I had to get down there and that they wanted to see me. At the same time, I’m really blessed and humbled that I got the offer.”
With an offer in hand, Gervin shared his thoughts of the Illinois program. So far this year, the Fighting Illini sit at 4-3 and have experienced several moments that would indicate the program is beginning to show improvement.
“It’s a good program,” Gervin said. “I’ve already been talking to the defensive coordinator a lot more, coach Banks, to talk about what’s going on with school and stuff like that.”
In addition to his recruitment with Illinois, Gervin has received considerable interest from Purdue, Oklahoma and Michigan as well. The Wolverines hosted Gervin for a highly anticipated matchup earlier this season, one that he almost missed the ending of.
“At Michigan, I went for the Michigan State game,” Gervin said. “That was a good game. It was crazy. Great environment. The student section was crazy and it was a nice atmosphere. We were just about to leave, but then we turned around.”
The victor in that contest, Michigan State, has also hosted Gervin, who stands 5’11” and 175-pounds, for a game earlier this season . “At Michigan State, they had a tremendous atmosphere too,” Gervin said. “Both schools had a great atmosphere. I like Michigan State a lot too. I think they are probably recruiting me a little harder than Michigan, though.”
Both schools are recruiting Gervin as an athlete, The Cass Tech product plays offense and defense in addition to his special teams responsibilities. This season, Gervin estimates his stats to be around 30 tackles, four deflections and either four or five sacks.
“I think I’ve been doing good,” Gervin said. “I’ve made some big plays, so I think my season has been going great. It’s been going better than I actually thought. I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress from my freshman year.”
With the potential to fill many potential roles at the next level, Gervin discussed where most schools project his talent.
“Illinois said they want me as a cornerback,” Gervin said. “Most of them want me as just an athlete. I like cornerback the most. I think I would be a better cornerback, but I like returning too.”
Click here to watch Gervin’s sophomore midseason highlight tape.