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Cass Tech 2018 defensive back target Kalon Gervin offers 4.38 40-yard dash speed

June 30, 2016

DETROIT — Looking back on his still young football career, Detroit Cass Tech defensive back Kalon Gervin believes he began to rise above his peers on the football field.

Heading into his junior year this fall on a loaded Technicians squad, Gervin has certainly set himself apart from his peers on the recruiting trial, leading the state’s 2018 class with 20 offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.

A speedster who plays both cornerback and wide receiver for the Technicians, Gervin joined teammates and top 2017 recruits Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Donovan Johnson on Cass Tech’s winning 4×100 relay team at the Division 1 track and field state championships on June 4.

With a verified 40 time of 4.38 according to, Gervin is a consensus four star prospect across major recruiting sites, standing 5-feet-11, 170 pounds.

“Versatility and speed,” Gervin said, pointing out his top selling points. “I can do more than one position.”

Detroit Cass Tech 2018 defensive back Kalon Gervin holds 20 offers heading into his junior season and has a 40-yard dash time of 4.38. Gervin has offers from Michigan and Michigan State. (Jared Purcell |

Gervin picked up his first offer last June when Toledo offered, giving him his first Division 1 offer before even starting his sophomore season.

“It was nice,” Gervin said. “It just showed that my hard work was paying off … It was (surprising) but I was working so hard and I played varsity as a freshman.”

So far, Gervin says that he has been in contact with both Michigan State and Michigan, calling both schools frequently to stay in touch. As of now, Gervin says he does not hold a preference for one school over the other but has had conversations with both Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and .

“Coach Dantonio is real cool,” Gervin said. “I’ve talked to him on the phone a couple of times. Really cool and real mellow. He’s a real nice guy. He just keeps it straight-forward with you.

“Harbaugh is really energetic — A really energetic guy. He just, like, into the players. He kind of like talks to you like you’re one of his, you know what I’m saying?”

Considering all of his 4×100 teammates are going to Nike’s prestigious The Opening Finals on July 8, Gervin is hoping to follow in the steps of his teammates moving forward.

“I just want to keep continuing to work hard and, of course, one of my goals is All-American,” Gervin said. “I want to get to The Opening next year so I’m working hard with that too.”

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