Michigan cornerback high on LSU after offer
By: Billy Embody
2018 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech defensive back Kalon Gervin recently celebrated a huge win over King High School for the City Championship at Ford Field last week.
King had taken the games last year, but Gervin said the preparation was key to the win.
“It’s real big. We prepared for so we were ready. We took back the city for sure. They took it last year by two both times so we had something to prove.”
Gervin said his physicality, coverage skills and technique have helped him play so well that King didn’t even try to throw his way on Friday.
“It’s lockdown mode. No balls were thrown my way for sure. They didn’t take any chances on me, but I feel like I was locking down for sure.”
Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said Gervin’s versatility and agility make him a threat on both sides of the ball.
“You can see it more when you put him on offense. He has a lot to bring to the table. He just needs to keep working hard. He’s a very good player.”
LSU jumped in with an offer about a month ago and it was a huge one for the talented defensive back.
“DBU! That was a big offer for me. That was kind of like my dream school for me,” Gervin said. “I was watching Patrick Peterson and Tyran Mathieu. It was a dream school so it was real big.”
LSU lead player personnel analyst Brian Squeglia made the connection and the offer to Gervin when he had Gervin call him. The two are building a solid relationship already along with Corey Raymond.
“That’s my guy. He hits me a lot of times to come be a Tiger. They’re recruiting me hard,” Gervin said. “I talk to coach Raymond a lot. He be busy, but I’ve been hitting him up when he has time. He’s real cool.”
Gervin plans a visit this spring along with his teammate Deandre Square, who picked up an offer.
“I’m going to get down there with Square. I just want to see everything. I’ve been to Louisiana, but I’ve never been to LSU so it’s going to be nice.”
West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Mississippi and Mississippi State are in the mix for Gervin as of now with LSU, West Virginia, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee standing out.
“They all offer what I ask for, you know what I’m saying? As far as developing me for the next level if I’m hopefully able to go to the next level. They have what I want to major in too.”
Gervin plans to get to the Michigan-Michigan State along with West Virginia if he can make it work.
Tiger Blitz Take: Gervin didn’t see one ball thrown his way on Friday. Not one. The reasons include what Gervin mentioned, but really it’s his consistency. He’s consistently playing with the right technique and with his quickness, can shadow just about any player opposite of him. That type of commitment to technique is why LSU covets him at cornerback.
No. 1 2018 safety in the Midwest planning LSU visit
By: Billy Embody
2018 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech linebacker/safety Deandre Square was a part of Cass Tech’s win over King in the city championship and he couldn’t be happier.
“It was a good win. We got our city championship back. We own the city now like how it’s supposed to be.”
The win was a product of focus and keeping a similar gameplan from earlier in the season.
“We just wanted to stay focused. The first time we beat them, we knew we could beat them so we just said keep the same gameplay. We changed up a few things. We just played our game.”
Cass Tech played in front of Michigan coach Jim Jarbaugh and members of his staff at Ford Field. With all that pressure, Square’s coach, Thomas Wilcher, said to keep his game simple.
“My coach told me before the game to stick to my keys to fly around, play your game and have fun.”
Square’s ability to play linebacker and safety is a big sell to schools looking at the No. 1 safety prospect in the Midwest for 2018.
“It’s not that different because when I was younger, I played linebacker, but they moved me to safety and now back to linebacker,” Square said. “I like playing closer, but it doesn’t matter to me.”
Wilcher likes the versatility as well.
“I like his versatility and his speed. I also like that he has great hands,” Square said. “We just haven’t had a chance to tap a lot of these guys into other positions.”
LSU’s Brian Squeglia offered Square last month and have already made a good enough impression to have Square wanting to take a visit.
“He wants me to come by. I’m trying to make time. It’s hard. Of course I’m coming down in the spring. We’re just trying to plan a visit to all those schools down South. He thinks I’d be a good fit for LSU.”
While Square hasn’t heard from other LSU coaches yet, he’s always been a big fan of Tyran Mathieu, which is why LSU stands out to him early.
“When I was younger, I used to watch Tyran Mathieu and he used to be my favorite player when I got the offer, it was like a dream come true. It was something I never thought would happen.”
Square had a forced fumble and two pass breakups on the night, just like his favorite player, Mathieu. His knack for turnovers is what he sees as similar.
“Forcing fumbles like what I did out there tonight. That’s all I want to do,” Square said. “I’m pretty fast and I fly around pretty well, but there’s a lot of things I need to improve on and get better. I need to get bigger and stronger.”
Wisconsin, Michigan State, Missouri, Kentucky, Syracuse and Iowa State have offered. Most schools see him at a SAM linebacker. Wisconsin, Michigan State and LSU are keeping up the most.
Square is scheduled to go to the Michigan-Michigan State game and is also working on getting his visit to LSU ironed out.
Tiger Blitz Take: After watching Square on Friday against King, it’s clear he fits somewhere in that F linebacker or strong safety position for LSU. He’s going to add some size at the college level and that might hold him back from potentially being a safety, but he’d be an incredibly quick option at linebacker. He fits that hybrid mold. A player like him in Dave Aranda’s defense would be a welcome addition as that type of versatility would allow him to be moved around. Square could play in the box well like Jamal Adams as well. He made some big time plays in the game including chasing down a running back to strip him. He’s a toy that Aranda would love to have.
After LSU offer, 2019 4-star OL planning visit
By: Billy Embody
2019 4-star Callaway (Ga.) offensive tackle Keiondre Jones already has offers from most of the top programs in college football including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and now, LSU.
LSU might be later to the party than others, but the Tigers staffed have plenty of time to make up even if Jones is favoring Clemson and Georgia at the moment, who along with Alabama, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Tennessee are on Jones the most.
Jones picked up the offer through his coach, who called and told him that LSU had offered the massive 6-4, 186-pound tackle with size 18 feet.
While he hasn't talked to the staff or visited LSU, Jones is already trying to schedule a visit to LSU to check out Baton Rouge and Death Valley.
"I hear LSU fans get it rocking and they're crazy and passionate about their Tigers," Jones said.
As far as what the offer means for Jones, it's a big one for him.
"It's a blessing. Been waiting on this one. It's major. I mean it's LSU man. It's powerhouse, SEC football and I've always liked their attitude and the atmosphere in Death Valley."
Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee have gotten visits already from Jones, who will return to Georgia Tech this weekend for a visit. Jones is trying to make it over to LSU as soon as he can.
Scout's Analysis of Jones:
"Jones has been a monster since he came out of middle school. He has a great frame. He is an offensive lineman in a defensive linemen's body. He carries his weight very well, he is naturally strong and he has real upside on the offensive line. He plays mostly tackle, but he could end up as an offensive guard on the next level. He has good feet, he can get down the field as a lead blocker and he is athletic. He is still developing when it comes to technique. He has to work his hands better, hold his blocks longer and not over-extend in pass protection. Jones has a chance to be one of the best in the country for 2018."