Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had a great Saturday evening and the Spartans didn’t even play a game.
Dantonio learned that the state’s top player, Detroit Cass Tech senior cornerback Kalon Gervin decided he was going to attend and play football at MSU, picking the Spartans over several other schools, including Oregon, Oklahoma, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Nebraska.
Gervin originally committed to Notre Dame, but de-committed and reopened his recruiting journey, taking a trip to Alabama this past summer, then to Nebraska a few weeks ago.
“It’s a home environment and the coaches really stayed on me hard, really wanted me to come there and play,” Gervin told The Detroit News on Saturday night, in explaining why he picked MSU. “I really knew I wanted to go there about two weeks ago. I liked how consistent they were with me, Coach Dantonio called me once a week.
“I like where the program’s going, too. They’re definitely going back up.”
Gervin was a shut-down corner, getting in on 45 tackles while breaking up multiple passes and returning an interception for a TD for Cass Tech, which advanced to the state semifinals.
Gervin, scheduled to play in the Under Armour All-American Game Jan. 4 in Orlando, plans to sign early and start at MSU in January so he can get a head start on the competition. He joins a number of metro area players that have committed to MSU, including Dearborn Divine Child quarterback Theo Day, U-D Jesuit running back Elijah Collins, Belleville cornerback Davion Williams and Saline tackle Dimitri Douglas.
Muskegon dual-threat quarterback La’Darius Jefferson was offered by MSU last month before rushing for 245 yards and 4 TDs in a 28-10 state championship win over Farmington Hills Harrison last Saturday at Ford Field. He de-committed from Central Florida and is also getting interest from Georgia Tech and Indiana.
A number of top players from the state from the 2019 class have already committed to the Spartans, including Oak Park quarterback Dwan Mathis and Walled Lake Western offensive lineman Spencer Brown.