Fans of the Wisconsin football team have been getting a little unsettled over the Badgers losing players to the transfer portal this season. Overall, the Badgers have lost five players to the transfer portal, three running backs (two of whom were dismissed from the team), a receiver, and an offensive lineman.
Players transferring mid-season isn’t something we are used to seeing at Wisconsin. But the thing is, just because we aren’t seeing it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. With the transfer portal being a thing now, players are able to transfer whenever they want. Before the portal, you’d never see players leave in the middle of the season, they’d leave at the end of the season. But with the freedom of the portal, players have the power to enter it whenever they want and commit to other schools in the very same season.
The Badgers were active in the portal in the offseason, bringing in running back Chez Mellusi (Clemson) and defensive end Isaac Townsend (Oregon). But now, they are being active during this season.
On Tuesday, they received a commitment from Kalon Gervin, from Michigan State.
Coming out of high school, Gervin was a 4-star recruit in 2018 out of Cass Tech in Detroit, Michigan. Cass Tech has been producing recruits consistently over the years, so Wisconsin getting a player from there could help in recruiting in the future. At the very least, it certainly won’t hurt.
Coming out of high school, Gervin had 40 scholarship offers, according to 247Sports, including offers from schools like Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame…etc. Essentially all of the top blue-blood schools.
In his career at Michigan State, Gervin played in 19 career games and started seven for the Spartans. He had 30 career tackles, four pass breakups, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
He entered the transfer portal on September 26th, and just a month later committed to Wisconsin.
Gervin will bring some experience to a group that will likely be pretty young after the 2021 season. Both Faion Hicks and Caesar Williams will be leaving the program after this year. They have a combined 68 games and 47 starts at the cornerback position. That’s going to be a lot to replace, but Gervin will definitely be able to step in and help the young secondary out.
Gervin will have two years of eligibility left heading into next season.