Nebraska recruiting: Kalon Gervin, Chris Bleich, Jeremy Banks react to official visits


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Kalon Gervin calls Nebraska official visit ‘smooth’

One of the most prolific recruits on campus for an official visit last weekend was 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin. The Cass Technical (Detroit, Mich.) standout is the No. 22 cornerback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.

“It was smooth,” Gervin told Land of 10. “[I] spent a lot of time with the players and coaches.”

Specifically, Gervin studied and interacted with Nebraska cornerbacks coach Donte Williams. Their relationship, Gervin said, is strong.

“Me and him can relate on many levels,” Gervin said. “He’s a cool guy.”

Gervin was also impressed with Nebraska’s facilities. Other than enjoying interacting with the staff and the Huskers players, Gervin said he enjoyed the gameday atmosphere. He was even recognized by some fans.

“Crazy,” Gervin said. “The fans are crazy.”

This was Gervin’s first official visit. He also has visits scheduled with Virginia Tech, Oregon and Michigan State. The Spartans are currently thought to be the favorite to land Gervin.

With the de-commitment from Brendan Radley-Hiles last week, the Huskers would love to pick up another cornerback in this class to help fill that void.

Chris Bleich loves atmosphere at Nebraska

With only one offensive line commit in the 2018 recruiting class, the Huskers will be working hard to add to that total. It seems the route they’re going is to try to flip a recruit. Such is the case with 3-star lineman Chris Bleich, who has been committed to UCLA since June 19. He spent his first official visit in Lincoln last weekend and seemed to enjoy it.

It is de-commitment season, and UCLA is struggling (4-5 record). Like Mike Riley, Bruins coach Jim Mora finds himself on the hot seat. The Bruins have had five de-commitments in the last week.

Bleich, the 35th-ranked offensive lineman in the 247Sports composite rankings, is a native of Plymouth, Pa., and visited the Cornhuskers for their spring game. He returned about seven months later to experience a Big Ten gameday atmosphere.

“It’s just the overall atmosphere here,” Bleich told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports. “I loved it for the spring game, so I couldn’t imagine what it’d be like for a regular game. It was amazing. It definitely lived up to it.”

After he committed to UCLA, talks between Bleich and Nebraska quieted. But the conversations picked up again during the fall. Huskers offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh is leading the recruiting pitch.

“It was a fun time being back around those guys,” he said. “I like how down to earth they all are; there’s no sucking up to you or stuff. They just tell you how it is.”

Bleich’s official visits will continue. He is planning to see Mississippi State and North Carolina, as well as UCLA. It certainly appears Bleich is considering his options. He plans to sign his letter of intent during the early-signing period from Dec. 20-22.

“I’m an early enrollee,” he told 247Sports. “It’s just going to be finding the overall fit and how I fit with everything.”

Jeremy Banks says Huskers ‘definitely’ one of top schools

The recruiting pitch from running backs coach Reggie Davis to 3-star running back Jeremy Banks was simple: If you can prove to be a competent every-down back, there will be plenty of playing time here.

“I’m a big-time priority for them and they want me in,” Banks told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports. “I love the offense. I love the gap scheme with the inside zone and the outside zone. I love how Coach Davis coaches running backs up. I love their offense.”

According to the 247Sports composite, the Cordova, Tenn. native is the No. 68 running back in the 2018 class. Nebraska does not have a running back committed in the class. The opportunity for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Banks to rise quickly up the depth chart definitely exists, and it appears the Huskers are utilizing that possibility to fuel their recruiting pitch.

It was music to Banks’ ears. He said his visit was “the best official visit I’ve taken yet.” He also visited Iowa State on Oct. 13.

“It went great. I loved everything about it, and Nebraska has a great staff, great people here, great people here in Lincoln and there are great players,” Banks said.

Banks will visit UCLA this weekend. There’s the possibility of adding some official visits, and there might be a return trip to Lincoln.

“The atmosphere was great,” he added. “I kind of don’t want to leave here. I’m guessing that’s a good thing. They will definitely be one of my top schools.”

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