The Oklahoma Sooners received some good news in the recruiting trail when 2018 defensive back Kalon Gervin announced his decommitment from Notre Dame Saturday morning. Gervin has continued to be a target of Kerry Cooks since early on in the recruiting process despite committing to the Irish in February.
Notre Dame was able to pluck the 5-11, 180-pound, Cass Tech product over in-state favorites Michigan and Michigan State, along with Florida, LSU, Auburn, Oregon, Wisconsin and Penn State, among numerous others. The four-star Gervin told The Football Brainiacs that the Sooners are definitely in his sights, and the relationship forged with Kerry Cooks through the recruiting cycle is a big reason why. Gervin also announced his plans to visit campus this summer.
Gervin, who also lined up at wide receiver in high school, is ranked the 100th overall prospect in the nation and 12th at his natural position of cornerback by Rivals. His film shows his impressive coverage skills, instinctive and explosive closing speed and the potential to become a true shutdown corner at the next level. Gervin looks the part of a playmaker in the secondary, setting himself apart from many defensive backs his size across the country. He’s also a track star with the elite speed to keep pace with the nation’s speediest pass catchers and the fearless physicality and technique to make the play when in position.
Gervin would be a major target landed for star recruiter Kerry Cooks and the defense. Despite some of the recent blows the class of 2018 has taken, the Oklahoma staff has appeared to have rebounded ferociously as of late and put the program back in contention to continue landing the best prospects from across the country. It’s still a long way to go, but the Sooners seem to be in solid position to secure the commitment of Gervin, who would become the fourth and highest-regarded defensive back in OU’s class, joining three-star prospects Miguel Edwards, Jordon Austin and Tulsa Union’s Patrick Fields.