Kalon Gervin emerged from his most recent visit with big news.
Notre Dame hosted the four-star cornerback from Detroit last weekend for its first major Junior Day. Gervin spent a couple days on campus and came out of the trip with the Irish having made a major move.
“They’re on top,” Gervin said. “My leader.”
Gervin just landed an offer from Notre Dame last week. He quickly scheduled the unofficial visit, joining a handful of uncommitted prospects on campus. All six current commitments in the Class of 2018 made the trip as well.
But perhaps the most important part of the trip to Gervin was meeting up with the coaching staff.
Head coach Brian Kelly, defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and defensive coordinator Mike Elko all met with Gervin throughout the weekend. It was his first time meeting Elko.
“(He’s) a cool guy,” Gervin said. “I like him.”
Kelly hit home with a dual-purpose message: How Gervin can help the football program immediately and how the university can return the favor over the long haul.
“He says I’m an instant impact player,” Gervin said. “He thinks ND is a great place for me to excel in life. Also that I’m a top priority for them since they didn’t sign a cornerback. So I’ll be playing early.”
Clearly, that message carried weight.
Notre Dame now leads over offers from Arkansas, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others.
Gervin, who plays at powerhouse Cass Tech in Detroit, summed up succinctly what he feels makes the Irish so formidable in his recruitment.
“Opportunity and education I can fall back on,” he said. “Networks.”