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Friday, December 10, 2021

Former Michigan State CB Kalon Gervin commits to KU football

In this AP file photo, Northwestern wide receiver Bryce Kirtz, left, reaches in vain for a pass as Michigan State cornerback Kalon Gervin defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Gervin announced on Dec. 10, 2021, he plans to transfer to Kansas. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

In this AP file photo, Northwestern wide receiver Bryce Kirtz, left, reaches in vain for a pass as Michigan State cornerback Kalon Gervin defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Gervin announced on Dec. 10, 2021, he plans to transfer to Kansas. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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A former starting cornerback at Michigan State, Kalon Gervin’s venture into the transfer portal has landed him at the University of Kansas.

Just a little more than six weeks ago, Gervin planned to transfer to Wisconsin and committed to play for the Badgers in 2022. However, Gervin announced Friday he has flipped on that decision, and committed to KU.

“Change of plans,” Gervin posted to Twitter, along with photos of him wearing a blue, No. 8 KU uniform.

Gervin left the Spartans early on this past season, entering the portal in late September.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds on MSU’s roster as a redshirt junior in 2021, Gervin played in MSU’s first four games. He started twice and made 14 total tackles.

The Detroit Free Press reported Gervin’s departure coincided with a cutback in his playing time.

Gervin told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that he plans to enroll at KU in January, which would allow him to go through offseason workouts and spring practices.

“I'm excited to go to play in the Big 12 and play corner,” Gervin said. “Put my head in the pile and put my work on display. I think I bring that lockdown mentality, speed, versatility and leadership.”

A Detroit high school standout at Cass Technical in the Class of 2018, Gervin was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, which ranked him as the No. 1 overall senior in the state of Michigan that year.

Coming out of high school, Gervin had close to 40 scholarship offers, including from Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida and Auburn.

Upon arriving at Michigan State for the 2018 season, he played in three games so he could get some experience while also using it as his redshirt season.

As a redshirt freshman in 2019, Gervin played in 10 games and made one start. His role expanded as a redshirt sophomore in 2020, when he made six starts in an abbreviated, seven-game schedule. That year he had 22 total tackles and four pass breakups.

Even though Gervin already has participated in four college football seasons, with one of those being a redshirt year and all players able to use the NCAA’s 2020 waiver for an extra year of eligibility, the Jayhawks could potentially have him play two more seasons.

KU is only losing one player from its 2021 cornerback rotation to graduation: graduate transfer Jeremy Webb.

The Jayhawks’ young cornerback contributors this past year included freshmen Jacobee Bryant and Cam’Ron Dabney, redshirt freshman Ra’Mello Dotson and sophomore Duece Mayberry.

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Comments

Brett McCabe 5 months, 1 week ago

I have long thought that the one year a coaching staff could really heavily use the JUCO’s (and now transfer portal) was in year one. It takes time for a new staff to build relationships with high school coaches and players. JUCO/PORT kids are looking for specific opportunities, and I believe that the relationship-building is easier and quicker because of that.

What little I’ve read about KU recruiting suggests that Leipold’s first class may be heavy JUCO/PORT. He may have no choice. The program has been so toxic for so long that most Kansas, KC and Big 12 area players want nothing to do with it. It will take awhile to build some trust with kids who were four-years old during the Orange Bowl year and have witnessed nothing but incompetence since.

I believe this is why Miles quickly expanded his 500-mile radius for recruiting. And I know a lot of people on this site complain that we don’t recruit Kansas. But it’s a hard sale for any staff, and it’s gotten harder with each hire.

Going heavy with JUCO/PORT puts you behind the chains on roster building, but a well organized staff should be able to manage the numbers. Weis, of course, is the epitome of how not to do it. I trust that Leipold and Co. will be on top of things. So, welcome all new Jayhawks, wherever you are in your football careers!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 months, 1 week ago

Great pick up. Let’s keep the commits coming!

Dale Rogers 5 months, 1 week ago

I like it that recruits, both high school and portal, are seeing the improvement and recognize that this is just the beginning. They are seeing that we have the staff in place and we have a foundation on which to build, to which they can add to make this team into something much better than in the past.

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

Nice to have a recruit from the Midwest and to add some experience to the CBs.

24/7 has an interesting article about the portal and ranking players (https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/College-football-transfer-portal-2022-rankings-175999445/). Worth noting is that Gervin is listed 16th best prospect as of mid-November and a former Jayhawk CB from USC is 20th. That’s encouraging.

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