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Menlo-Atherton incoming junior receiver/defensive back Jeremiah Earby has always been motivated to take that next step.
His bloodlines in football run deep. His cousins, Nahshon and Rejzohn Wright, both play at Oregon State – and both, particularly Rejzohn, were featured on season No. 5 of Netflix’s Last Chance U at Oakland’s Laney College, where both players starred at and won a 2018 state championship.
Now Earby is the next in line to carve out a successful career.
“Just being a competitive kid, I’ve always played with older people, played with all my older brothers and cousins and all that,” Earby said. “That’s where my drive comes from, seeing all them be successful.”
Being around players like that showed Earby just what it takes to be successful and to become the difference maker he is today on the gridiron.
Since playing football for the first time 11 years ago at the age of 5, Earby’s growth has been evident to become a key contributor for one of Northern California’s – and California’s – top programs. And others have certainly taken notice.
“I’ve seen myself grow from a major impact and stuff like that,” Earby said. “I don’t know. I’ve just always had a football family. I’ve just been naturally good at the sport, as a talent.”
As soon as he hit that transitioning year in high school, people began to take notice of Earby and what he would become today.
At 6-2 and 153 pounds, Earby has emerged into a two-way player at Menlo-Atherton, highlighted by his 22 tackles (17 solo tackles) for the Peninsula – Bay League champions, marking the school’s second consecutive league crown, which came after winning a CIF state crown in 2018.
And the class of 2022 athlete recently showcased his talents and offseason work at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase last month in San Ramon, consistently proving his worth against some of the region’s top receivers as a lockdown corner.
“It really got to me,” Earby said. “Everybody was saying, ‘Oh, you could go somewhere with this.’ And they just kept telling me. I believed them and I just kept on doing what I was doing.”
But where Earby is also finding success is in the classroom, stemming from a strong work ethic and the dedication to school his family instilled in him at an early age.
As a three-sport athlete – Earby competes in football, basketball and track – Earby boasts a 3.2 GPA, and his goal is to keep his grades above the 3.0 threshold for the remainder of his career.
“That’s the first,” Earby said. “My mom always preaches to me, and I want to get bigger and try and get some film out there, get coaches, get some offers.”
No colleges have offered yet, but Earby said he has received letters from multiple schools expressing their interest and has another two years of high school before he embarks on the next chapter of his career.
Getting to don a college uniform just like some of his family members and friends would be huge for Earby, whose commitment to his craft has shown itself this offseason and during his time at Menlo-Atherton.
“It would be a major accomplishment for me,” Earby said. “I love it, and it would just drive me even more to get to the next point in life, which is the NFL.”
Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this exceptionally talented young man! Go Bears!
Determination and confidence
Gets you a long way in Life. Keep pushing forward Nephew.
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