Notre Dame is again without a cornerback commitment.
The Irish whiffed at the position last cycle after losing Paulson Adebo and Elijah Hicks down the stretch. Now they’ve lost four-star Kalon Gervin out of Cass Tech in Detroit, who announced he was backing out of his pledge on Saturday via Twitter.
Gervin was a rare commitment for Notre Dame out of Cass Tech, the urban powerhouse that’s proven to be a pipeline for Michigan and Michigan State in recent cycles. Gervin has talked about blazing his own trail to South Bend and is close to linebacker commitment Ovie Oghoufo, who’s from Farmington Hills outside of Detroit.
Gervin committed to Notre Dame in February over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma, Oregon and Penn State, among others. At the time the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete talked about breaking outside of his comfort zone with the Irish pledge. He even returned to Notre Dame during the Blue-Gold Game weekend last month.
“I had to be different,” Gervin told Irish Illustrated following his pledge. “I’ve known that since I was a freshman. It’s very difficult. I know State kind of took it hard. But it’s all business.”
The last cornerback the Irish landed and actually signed remains Troy Pride, who committed on Christmas Eve back in 2015. Gervin appeared to be a fit to break that streak despite his Cass Tech connections, in part because his position coach at Notre Dame seemed to have everything he wanted.