BREAKING: Gerv Goes Irish
For more than a year, Kalon Gervin talked about Notre Dame being the offer he wanted.
Last Monday, he received that offer and today, the 2018 Michigan defensive back proved he was just talking before.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is the newest member of the Irish football family having just announced his commitment to Notre Dame.
The Cass Tech standout had more than 30 offers from schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Oregon among several others.
“I’ve always liked Notre Dame. You could say it’s like a family dream school,” Gervin told Irish Sports Daily recently. “When I grew up, I always knew who Notre Dame was, so it’s always been in my head.”
Gervin gives the Irish seven verbal commitments in the Class of 2018 and is especially important since Notre Dame failed to sign a true cornerback in the Class of 2017. Gervin, who has been clocked at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, could help at a safety or cornerback, but the Irish see him as a corner.
“It doesn’t matter to me, whatever gets me on the field quick,” he told us.
The Detroit native had been hearing from Notre Dame’s 2018 commits, especially fellow Michigan defender Ovie Oghoufo, for weeks, even before receiving his offer. Following the offer from Notre Dame, Gervin quickly scheduled a trip to get down to South Bend for Notre Dame’s Junior Day this weekend.
After getting a chance to see Notre Dame again, Gervin decided he’d seen all he needed to see.
ISD expert Jamie Uyeyama got a chance to see Gervin in person at last summer’s Sound Mind/Sound Body camp and was impressed.
“He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is extremely physical in press coverage,” said Uyeyama. “I love his speed and compete level. His size is the only big detractor in my opinion.”
2018 Notre Dame linebacker commit and fellow Michigan native Ovie Oghoufo knows Gervin as well as anybody in the Irish program and called the pickup “great.”
Oghoufo said believes it expands the recruiting class perfectly.
“That’s a huge addition to the defensive secondary,” he said. “He’s a great player, fast and he’s a very smart kid. He’s perfect.”
He’s also excited to have another friend in the class.
“I’ve already bonded with him,” Oghoufo added. “I’ve known him since eighth grade. It’s like my brother.
“It’s amazing, coming from pretty much the same city. It’ll be great competing with him, me pushing him and him pushing me. It’s amazing.”
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