Kalon Gervin (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Buffs back in Detroit

Colorado assistant Joe Tumpkin is working to get The Rise in the door at one of Michigan’s top high school football programs. The CU safeties coach recently extended an offer to Detroit Cass Tech 2018 three-star defensive back Kalon Gervin.

Here come the numbers: Kalon Gervin is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound corner with a 4.38 40-yard dash (verified per Scout). He's ranked No. 298 in the nation and he's the No. 1 corner in Michigan for 2018. A big number, Gervin has 26 additional offers to the one from Colorado.

“I’ve been waiting for that for a minute,” Gervin said of the Buffs offer.

“It was coach Tumpkin, he’s the one who recruits our school. He was just saying how I’m a top priority. They want me, he thinks I’d be a great fit for their system. So much they’re trying to get me to come down for a bowl practice or in the spring.”

Colorado has recruited Gervin for, as some would say, a minute. He hears from the Buffs weekly and there’s a phone call with CU head coach Mike MacIntyre coming down the line. Also to the Buffs’ benefit, the 2018 three-star is considering playing in the Pac-12.

“Since the beginning of my sophomore year when they first came up to the school,” Gervin said on how long CU has been recruiting him.

“First of all I want to play Pac-12, that’s what the plan is. Then academics is always first with me. It offers a good program in the major I want to major in.”

Gervin plans to visit Colorado in the future and he said he’ll likely be accompanied by 2019 teammate Xavier Goldsmith. CU is running with the big dogs in the pursuit of the Cass Tech standouts.

“Right now, probably Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, LSU. I’m trying to hit up LSU, Oklahoma, and Colorado for sure, West Virginia and of course the in-state schools,” Gervin said of interest and plans to visit colleges.

Michigan is a big-time and local suitor for Gervin. The Wolverines are obviously entrenched at the nearby Cass Tech.

“I hear from them a lot, they hit me up. They’re like family,” Gervin said of Michigan.  

Cass Tech recently capped off an undefeated season with another state title. Gervin said his coaches believe he has a similar playing style to Indianapolis Colts DB Vontae Davis.

“Real fast, play with a lot of heart. Very technical,” is how the Detroit speedster describes his game. Gervin plans to take all of his official visits next year before making a college decision.

“We just won a state championship. I did well, we did well, and they didn’t throw my way a lot. They just tried to run on us,” Gervin said of his junior year.

“I’m going to take all of my official visits. I don’t really have a date, it could be anytime, I know I’m taking all of my officials,” he continued.

From the sound of things, CU’s Tumpkin has planted a seed at Cass Tech. With extended wins and exposure it could grow into talented Detroit defensive backs picking the black and gold.

Tumpkin has plenty of Michigan experience to draw from as he was previously the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan.  

“They know it’s starting to pick up. Coach Tumpkin is always at our school, he’s a really cool guy,” Gervin said of The Rise. 

“He wants to get back to that,” Gervin continued on CU recruiting in Detroit.


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