Four-star CB Kalon Gervin drops Notre Dame commitment

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Attrition hit Notre Dame's 2018 recruiting class Saturday.

Four-star cornerback Kalon Gervin announced on Twitter he is stepping away from his commitment to the Irish.

Respect my decision....

— Kalon Gervin (@KalonGervin) May 6, 2017

Gervin, who did not respond to an interview request, originally gave Notre Dame his verbal commitment in February. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect recently visited campus following the Blue-Gold Game in April.

The trip to South Bend followed a recruiting visit spree that included stops at Virginia Tech, Louisville, Tennessee, Marshall, Ohio and Chattanooga. Following the trip, Gervin told the Tribune the visits were only part of a routine with his Detroit Cass Tech teammates.

"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.”

Rivals ranks Gervin as the No. 12 cornerback in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him 16th at the position.

On Friday, Gervin announced a new scholarship offer from TCU. Michigan, Auburn, LSU and Florida are among the schools to have previously offered Gervin.

With the loss of Gervin, Notre Dame's 2018 class shrinks to 11 commitments and leaves the Irish without a committed cornerback. Notre Dame struck out at the position in the 2017 class. Cornerbacks Paulson Adebo and Elijah Hicks signed with Stanford and Cal, respectively, after walking away from Notre Dame commitments.

"One thing that I’ve learned in the recruiting process," defensive backs coach Todd Lyght said on signing day, "is that you can’t really fall in love with players because sometimes you lose them, sometimes you get them. That’s just part of the process."

Cornerback may be one of the most talented positions on Notre Dame's roster entering the 2017 season, and all five scholarship cornerbacks have remaining eligibility beyond this year. Still, the Irish need to find additional help for the future.

Four-star cornerback Houston Griffith has been a frequent visitor at Notre Dame. On Thursday, Indianapolis North Central cornerback D.J. Johnson, a three-star recruit, reported a new Notre Dame offer. He visited South Bend for a pair of games last season.

Gervin is the first recruit to defect from Notre Dame's 2018 class. In the 2017 recruiting cycle, the Irish failed to sign six different recruits who had previously committed to the program.


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Four-star cornerback Kalon Gervin, a 2018 recruit, dropped his commitment to Notre Dame on May 6, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)