Notebook: CB commit Kalon Gervin returns to Notre Dame after busy week of visits

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Kalon Gervin spent a lot of time on college campuses last week.

The Notre Dame cornerback commit wasn’t shopping for a new home, but he was spending time with his high school teammates who are still on the market.

“It’s nothing new,” Gervin said. “I’ve been doing this since I was in 10th grade. I told Coach (Brian) Kelly and all them. He knows what we do.”

Regional campus tours are a regular occurrence for players at Detroit Cass Tech. Gervin and a handful of his teammates made stops at Virginia Tech, Louisville, Tennessee, Marshall, Ohio and Chattanooga last week. But the final stop before Sunday’s Under Armour camp in Northbrook, Ill., belonged to Notre Dame.

Gervin and Co. didn’t arrive in time for Saturday's Blue-Gold Game, but they spent a few hours on campus.

“It was really good,” Gervin said. “The coaches got to meet my teammates, everybody I’m close with. I’m with them on a daily basis.”

Because of his late arrival, Gervin said he wasn’t able to speak at length with some of the other visiting recruits the Irish were trying to sway their way. Instead, he spent most of his time with Kelly, defensive coordinator Mike Elko and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght.

“I was just catching up with Coach Kelly, Coach Elko, Coach T-Lyght,” Gervin said. “Some one-on-one time.”

Gervin didn’t receive an invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game following Sunday’s camp as he had hoped. The four-star recruit fared well in one-on-one coverage and finished as one of four semifinalists in the Ill Speed competition, an obstacle course race.

“I’m just staying patient for this All-American stuff,” Gervin said. “I’m very disappointed. My time will come.”

No love for Mayfield?

Jalen Mayfield saw plenty to like during his visit to Notre Dame for Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game.

The 2018 offensive line recruit described the campus as beautiful and the visit as a good time. However, he didn’t receive the feedback he sought.

“The game was pretty good, but I didn’t get to meet with many of the coaches,” Mayfield said. “I would have liked to talk to them a little bit more, but I understand it’s a busy time.”

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central has not received an offer from the Irish, but he still wanted to take in Notre Dame’s campus. Mayfield said he hopes to hear from Notre Dame this week and that a trip to evaluate him could be in the works.

“The tradition there is ridiculous,” Mayfield said. “All the history behind everything there, that’s one of the main reasons to check it out.”

Mayfield’s recruiting stock has been on the rise. Michigan offered Mayfield in March, and 247Sports pegged him as a four-star recruit and the No. 10 offensive tackle in the 2018 class following recent camp performances.

Rivals hasn’t been as high on Mayfield. He received a three-star grade, but he isn’t included among the top 50 offensive tackles in the class.

Mayfield dropped his verbal commitment to Minnesota after a visit to Michigan last month. Now Mayfield said he’s focusing on three schools: Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.

Could Notre Dame get in the mix with an offer?

“Yeah. It can all change,” Mayfield said. “You never know. But for right now, it’s those three particularly.”

Jones thinking big

Size has been in vogue for Notre Dame’s wide receivers this spring. The Irish have utilized a lineup that includes wide receivers Equanimeous St. Brown, Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin, all at least 6-4, on the field at the same time.

A 6-5, 202-pound receiver himself, Notre Dame commit Micah Jones liked what he saw during the Blue-Gold Game.

“I love the way they use their big wide receivers,” Jones said. “They’re all pretty fast as well, so it’s great to see that they can put them in the slot and outside and use them all over the field.”

Jones also appreciated the pace he saw from offensive coordinator Chip Long’s new scheme.

“It was a lot different than last year,” Jones said. “They’re coming along really well. It’s a lot of up-tempo stuff, and I really liked it.”

The Irish already have two wide receivers committed in the 2018 class in Jones and Braden Lenzy. Two of Notre Dame’s top remaining wide receiver targets Chase Cota and Kevin Austin also visited South Bend over the weekend.

Jones made sure to spend time trying to convince them to join him. He also worked on four-star linebacker Dallas Gant.

“I think those three are people who are close to committing,” Jones said. “We have to get them to come down.”


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Notre Dame cornerback commit Kalon Gervin received an invitation to The Opening Finals in April. (Tribune Photo/TYLER JAMES)