With four league titles since 2010, Detroit Cass Tech has become one of the premier programs in the state of Michigan. Not surprisingly, the Technicians saw six seniors sign national letters of intent a season ago, including four to power-five schools
Cornerback Kalon Gervin is only going into his junior year at the school, but he’ll certainly be adding his name to that list down the road with his rapidly growing scholarship total.
Despite not playing organized football until eighth grade, the 5-11, 170-pound cornerback is up to 17 offers, the latest coming from the University of Wisconsin.
“It's awesome up there,” Gervin told BadgerNation. “I love the town, people and coaching staff were all big for me.”
Gervin and a handful of his teammates visited a few weekends ago, and while he didn’t get a chance to meet with head coach Paul Chryst, the Badgers made enough of an impression on him that he wants to return for a home game.
“I'll definitely be back up there to meet with Coach Chryst,” Gervin said. “I love the staff up there and they are excellent people and coaches. They know how to develop kids into N.F.L. players, and that's very important for me and my future.”
“Overall the Badgers have a great tradition and I want to carry that on,” he added. “I know I can play at a top school and that's what the Badgers have. I plan on visiting Wisconsin during next season and hope to catch a game. Some of my teammates are interested so it would be cool for most of us to catch a game next year".
In addition to Wisconsin, Gervin holds power five offers from California, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. He lists no favorites, but doesn’t deny the impact the Badgers have made on him.
“I'm taking my time and visiting all schools now, but I loved the atmosphere up there,” Gervin said. “The stadium is unreal, and is my second favorite stadium only behind the Big House. I connected well with everything and everybody up there, and they definitely make my top 10.”
Gervin is described as a speedster, having been clocked running the 40-yard dash as fast as 4.38, but he’s a bigger fan of the physicality.
"I love the physical game,” he said. “It's how I play, that mixed in with my speed I know I can defend anyone. I love special teams. I made varsity as a freshman, so I only did special teams as a freshman. I learned how to play and where to be and now I'm only getting better at special teams.”
With four-star safety Demetric Vance departing for Michigan State, Gervin is anxious to step up into a bigger role in the secondary to help add another title to the school’s trophy case.
"I want to carry the (Cass Tech) tradition,” Gervin said. “I want to come to an elite school and remind people Cass Tech is a powerhouse school. Cass Tech and Michigan football in general gets overlooked, and I want to change that perspective. I know if I keep working and progressing my future is bright and I could see myself playing for a Big Ten school.”