SALINE, Mich. — High school kids spend so much time preparing for their impending futures. Right now, though, the Detroit Cass Tech football team is choosing to prioritize the present.
Two 2018 4-star prospects, Kalon Gervin and DeAndre Square, were among those who planned to visit Michigan State for its loss to Michigan on Oct. 29. Instead, a Saturday-scheduled playoff game postponed those plans.
The Technicians then met for the regional final with fellow undefeated squad Saline on Friday. In the midst of a raucous road celebration in front of disappointed players and fans following a thrilling 43-42 win, Gervin acknowledged that rescheduling his visit had taken a backseat.
“I’m trying,” he told Land of 10. “We’ve been real busy with our games. The focus is the game. I haven’t really been focused on recruiting, really.”
Gervin, a 5-foot-11 cornerback and the cousin of NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin, holds a Michigan State offer and has a high impression of the Spartans’ “real cool” coach, Mark Dantonio.
Square, a 6-foot-1 outside linebacker, also had to hold off on visit plans. He had hoped to hitch a ride to Saturday’s win over Rutgers with 4-star sophomore running back Jaren Mangham or whoever wanted to attend. That didn’t work out.
On getting up to campus for the Nov. 19 game against Ohio State, Square said, “I’ll try.” He probably tries to get up to East Lansing as much as any other Cass Tech player. And that includes MSU offensive lineman commit Jordan Reid.
Reid has been to two Michigan State games this year since committing in July. He’ll make his third next weekend, taking his official visit for the final home game weekend of the football season. He might have a chance to show Square around some more. The junior is, after all, his self-proclaimed top recruiting target.
Hopefully those plans won’t be upset by the playoff schedule. Some play their games on Friday, others on Saturday. Cass Tech has done both this season. And as the dust settled on its first single-digit win of the season, Reid contemplated whether he’d ever been in a game that crazy.
“Actually no, I haven’t,” he said. “We came out here today. We knew what we had to do.”
The Technicians did what they needed to hoist a trophy. Now they set their sights on a bigger prize. Two wins separate them from a state title. Next they face undefeated Utica Eisenhower, and should they win that, they might get a shot in the final at Romeo, which knocked them out a year ago.
“Whoever we’re playing,” Gervin said, “we’re beating them.”