3* 2022 DB Jeremiah Earby Commits to Cal Football
Another NorCal Commit Joins Up
With the footsteps of the football season, NFL, college, and high school coming in just down the hall more and more commits and colleges have made it a point to give/get commitments before fall season since signing day is now in mid-December.
Just down south from Strawberry Creek Jeremiah Earby, a 6’2” 170 lbs DB fits the mold that Wilcox and co. have been pursuing in the position since they came to campus.
Here is what SGBear had to say about his tape:
Jeremiah Earby is a 6’2” 170 pound WR/DB/S/KR for Menlo Atherton. Let me state that again -- he’s 6’2”. Coach Tre Watson is the lead recruiter, so that means he might play DB. He’s a better athlete than coverage guy, so my guess is that he’s going to be a safety rather than CB.
Earby’s sophomore year highlights show him playing a decent amount of defense. His highlights show him using his height and speed to his advantage. As a sophomore, he is understandably raw in dropping back, reading, taking good angles, tackling, and covering – especially in the intermediate underneath game. But, his speed and height are undeniable.
His junior tape only has a few defensive highlights. Right off the bat, you can see the physical development. He is less gangly and his athleticism is clearly better. The best defensive play is at the 1:07 mark, where he recovers from an offensive PI push-off and gets a tip-drill interception by being aware. The other defensive plays are not really great plays by Earby – they result in receptions, but they end well because of his athleticism. On the offensive side of the reel, Early showcases his athleticism. He has a deceptively long stride that hides good top speed. I think that he is a really raw, high-ceiling recruit who could really benefit by focusing on a single position, having a good position coach, and having a bunch of time in a top-of-the-line film room. He can develop from a guy who uses his athleticism to recover well to a player who prevents passes in his area in the first place.
He has some senior highlights. Again, the coverage skills are a work in progress and he’s still pretty skinny, but he still dominates physically. A case in point, he lit up Bellarmine with 4 catches for 211 yards and 3 TDs on offense, while getting a pick on defense.
Earby might be his class’ Nikko Remigio, who only was really only focused on after being noticed by Cal coaches at an open football camp (Sac State Mega Camp in mid-June). Cal seems to be recruiting a few more raw-but-very-high-ceiling prospects like Earby, Keleki Latu, Ieremia Moore, Jaiven Plummer, and Nick Morrow. If they can develop up to their potential, Cal can rise from the 3rd quartile of the Pac-12 to smelling Roses. It helps to be 6’2” when reaching for those goals.