Detroit Cass Tech defensive back Kalon Gervin discusses his college recruiting, which is including Michigan State, on June 26, 2017. Video by Chris Nelsen/Special to DFP

Michigan State football is trying to create a pipeline at Detroit Cass Tech.

Although Michigan has landed some of Cass Tech’s top prospects in recent years, most recently five-star receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and four-star defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell in the 2017 cycle, the Spartans continue to pursue Technicians senior defensive back Kalon Gervin and junior running back Jaren Mangham.

Gervin, the Free Press’ No. 1 player in state entering this season, listed MSU among his finalists and has developed a close relationship with coach Mark Dantonio and co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett.

“They started hitting me up a lot, calling me every day,” Gervin said after Cass Tech’s 32-26 win over Clinton Township Chippewa Valley last Friday in a Division 1 regional final. “It fell off a little bit, but they’re back (in the mix).”

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Gervin made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame but has opened back up recruitment. He plans to announce his final decision on Twitter on Dec. 2. After the Chippewa Valley game, he listed Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech as his finalists.

“I’m ready to get it over with, narrow some things down, take a couple official visits,” Gervin said.

He’s been to East Lansing for several unofficial visits, but Gervin hopes to make an official trip in the coming weeks.

The Spartans are also making a push for Mangham, one of the state’s top 2019 prospects. He has consistently named MSU among his early favorites.

“My top 12 (finalists) will be coming out soon, after the season,” Mangham said last Friday. “I’m just focusing on getting to the state championship game right now. Michigan and Michigan State are in the mix.”


Detroit Cass Tech 2019 four-star recruit Jaren Mangham talks about his recruitment on Monday at Cass Tech. He already has received an offer from Michigan State among numerous other Division I programs. Video by Chris Nelsen/DFP

With plenty of time to decide his future, Mangham plans to keep all his options on the table. However, Gervin’s college decision could play a factor.

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“We talk a lot to each other, about which schools and all that,” Mangham said. “We’re actually going together on a couple visits soon.”

Mangham, like Gervin, did not specify which schools he would visit and when. He, too, has been on numerous unofficial visits to East Lansing.

Gervin and Mangham remain friends with former Cass Tech offensive lineman Jordan Reid, now a freshman at MSU. Mangham also spoke highly of the Spartans’ coaching staff.

The Technicians, last year’s Division 1 state champs, face West Bloomfield in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Troy Athens.