Golden Bear Preview: Jaiven Plummer
Jaiven Plummer is a very large individual for a wide receiver. I certainly wouldn’t want to be going one on one versus him and get completely mossed in a highlight reel. But what do we really know about Plummer? Like Nick Morrow, there simply isn’t a ton of data out there but here goes nothing as we hit a lull in information on signees.
The Bio and Measurables:
6 ft 3 inches
Episcopal High School (Alexandria, VA)
What does Cal have in Plummer?
Surprisingly, there isn’t much information about Jaiven Plummer across the web, other than that he was named all Virginia 2nd team as a receiver this past season. There is no senior tape to go off on hudl, and a lack of highlights on his twitter, the only thing I could really find was this, where Plummer runs a stretch in route that he takes the distance with tons of yards after the catch. Plummer looks like he has a nack for extending plays, not necessarily with breathtaking speed or agility, but by sheer will. An effort based receiver? Yes please sign me up. You could think of the mold of Michael Crabtree (though obviously that’s not a direct comparison, think of how he played), in the sense that Plummer can and will outwork you especially with that frame on 50/50 balls. To be named all state 2nd team is no joke, and I’m sure Plummer can step up to the plate as someone who could contribute his sophomore season, after all he is the #21st ranked player in the state
What can he improve on?
The only con I have is that I don’t know much about him, everything surrounding him feels like a mystery to me. It seems for his frame and the few clips I found that he is a jack of all trades, master of none. I have no doubt in my mind that Burl Toler III can retool Plummer’s game towards a particular focus, whether that’s stretching the field or becoming a red zone freak. Plummer also only had 3 years of high school football with the pandemic interrupting things plus a transfer, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to a more stable environment here in Berkeley, especially with the recognition he has gotten. He also earned first-team All-IAC honors at wide receiver as a senior, so he’s got the resume. There just wasn’t a lot out there when I looked at him, which gives me trepidation more than anything.