Syracuse hosted several players this weekend from Cass Technical, a national powerhouse prep school in Michigan, for a visit. After already offering scholarships to multiple 2017 recruits from Cass Tech, head coach Dino Babers and his staff decided to get an early start on the 2018 class by offering sophomores Kalon Gervin and DeAndre Square scholarships to play for the Orange.
Gervin's most common position is at cornerback, but he is very versatile as he's listed as an athlete on both ESPN and Rivals. Gervin stands at 5"11 and 170 pounds. His most important attribute, however, is his speed. The sophomore cornerback reportedly ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, according to Scout – which would make him one of the fastest high school defenders in the country. Syracuse will face tremendous competition for Gervin's services due to the fact he's already received offers from 11 schools, including Michigan, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.
The Orange have a much better shot at Square, who's another versatile defender – Square has experience playing both safety and linebacker. While Square doesn't have Gervin's speed, he's a little bigger at 6'0" and 190 pounds, which is a main reason why he can easily switch between safety and linebacker. As of right now, the only other school to offer Square a scholarship is Cincinnati. The fact that Syracuse is a power five school and Cincinnati is not certainly bodes well for the Orange's chances at getting a verbal commitment.
While Gervin and Square are the first 2018 Cass Tech recruits to have received offers from Syracuse, here are the 2017 Cass Tech players who have standing offers to come play for the Orange:
- Jaylen Kelly-Powell, safety: 4 stars on ESPN, Scout, and 24/7. 3 stars on Rivals.
- Donavan Johnson, cornerback: 4 stars on Rivals. 3 stars on ESPN, Scout, and 24/7.
- Jordan Reid, offensive guard: 3 stars on Rivals, Scout, and 24/7. Unranked on ESPN.
- Zach Morton, outside linebacker: 3 stars on Scout. Two stars on Rivals. Unranked on ESPN and 24/7.
- Rodney Hall, dual-threat quarterback: Unranked across the board.