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It already feels a bit as if Kalon Gervin is playing for Michigan State when he steps onto the field.
The recent Detroit Cass Tech graduate, a 4-star cornerback in the 247Sports composite ratings, committed to Michigan State on Dec. 2 and signed with the Spartans on Dec. 20. He plans to enroll early in less than a week.
But before that, Gervin will compete in the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday in Orlando, Fla. Each day in workouts leading up to the game, he competes with and against future opponents such as Ohio State signee Brian Snead and Michigan signee Myles Sims, as well as future Spartans teammate Jacob Isaia.
With the recruiting process finished, Gervin has shifted his focus to preparing for college on and off the field. He no longer has to worry about fielding calls from coaches and welcoming them in for visits.
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“It’s good,” Gervin told Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue. “It’s really good. I’m happy there. It’s finally over.”
Gervin called it a celebration more than a relief. After a brief commitment to Notre Dame and with about 40 offers to choose from, he ended up at the school that had been recruiting him since his middle school days.
“Kalon is a great young man,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said when Gervin signed. “Prior to committing, he sent me a picture of him when he was in the seventh grade in a Spartan jersey standing behind me, talking about [how] dreams are going to come true. That was something he’s been dreaming about for a long time, obviously. It’s exciting when you see people’s dreams come true.”
Dantonio called Gervin’s high school coach, Thomas Wilcher, a defensive back coach by trade, and the Spartans have looked to him and the school several times now. Roderick Maples and Demetric Vance (who was later dismissed following a sexual assault charge before even playing in a game) preceded Gervin in making the move from Cass Tech to Michigan State. Gervin will be joining his former teammate, offensive lineman Jordan Reid.
When he made his pledge, Gervin became the highest-ranked player in the Spartans’ 2018 class. He’s the No. 19 cornerback in the nation and the second-best senior in Michigan. His decision helped move the class to No. 26 in the nation, which he said might not be indicative of its talent.
“I feel like we’ve got a great class,” Gervin said. “I feel like a lot of people are sleeping on our class. We’ve got a really good class.”
And that group will be joining a No. 16-ranked team that just completed a 10-win season with a Holiday Bowl victory over No. 18 Washington State. Though Gervin committed late, most joined the class after seeing Michigan State stumble to 3-9 in 2016. What a difference a few months can make.
“We’re back on top,” Gervin said. “It was a down year. A lot of things happened. But I feel like we’re gonna be all right.”
He said he plans to help Michigan State bring in a couple of more players to sign when the regular period begins on Feb. 7. The Spartans already have 20 signed but continue to look for a few more.
Gervin projected his team to bring in a wide receiver and a defensive lineman still. He has eyes on 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush (Samuel Clemens H.S/Schertz, Texas), who also is competing in Orlando.
“Our coaches told me he’s a priority,” Gervin said. “When Coach says that, we’ve got to go out and recruit. I’ve been talking to him a lot.”
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