It only takes one power five offer to be a power five commit and Jeremiah Charles jumped on the opportunity.
The wide receiver out of Arlington (Texas) Martin High School, who played for Nebraska tight ends coach Bob Wager, was offered just this past Tuesday after Matt Rhule saw him put on a dazzling display on the basketball court. Now he’ll try to keep growing on the gridiron in Lincoln, committing to Nebraska on Monday.
Certainly the 6-2, 170-pound Charles showed even in a short amount of time the upside he might possess as a football player. He played only one season with a real football focus after dabbling in it as a freshman along with his twin brother Josiah.
Josiah (or JoJo as they call him) kept playing after his freshman season and did well himself – signing with New Mexico State in December. Jeremiah had stepped away to focus more on basketball – he had 22 points and four dunks and a bunch of blocked shots in front of Rhule – but decided to get back into football this year.
“We knew who he was. I tried to get him to come back out a few times,” said Arlington Martin wide receivers coach Brady Cagle. “Also, he triple jumped (with a PR of 47-4), so he’s a freak athlete. … Spring ball was rolling around and we were in a need of receivers and kind of talked to Jeremiah, his mom, JoJo. We had a meeting with all of them and then Jeremiah expressed that he wanted to come and try football for his last senior year.”
Some guys are just naturals.
“He immediately made an impact,” Cagle said. “He immediately went up the depth chart. Ended up being a starter for us, going throughout the summer and into fall while he was still continuing to do AAU basketball and all that stuff. Was able to handle both of it throughout, and being able to play with his brother his senior year was the biggest thing that he wanted to do.”
Because he’d been playing throughout high school, Josiah had interest from schools earlier and made his pledge to New Mexico State. Jeremiah didn’t have as much on the table immediately after the season, despite having a solid year with 452 yards on 23 catches with five touchdowns, while also being used as a weapon in the run game.
The problem for him was simply that he didn’t have a lot of tape out there, although North Texas has been interested and offered. But Wager, Nebraska’s new tight ends coach, sure knew about him. Then Rhule got to see what an athletic freak he was this past week.
Cagle can speak to how quickly Charles can pick things up too.
“That’s the cool thing about him,” the coach said. “He was wanting to do it, he was wanting to learn. And so I got to spend that time with him during spring football and got to catch him up for the most part on the knowledge of it: stance and start, releases, route -running, all that stuff. It was a big change for him, but he had a good understanding to begin with and so I was easily able to coach him.”
Nebraska will get a guy who is ultra competitive, the coach is sure.
Growing up with a twin brother and always competing in everything helps that.
“He’s a big-time competitor, and he was very, very hard on himself. He wanted to be perfect at everything he did: from the route-running to catching the football to all that stuff. He was a perfectionist with it,” Cagle said. “As soon as the first game, man, he just took off. It was like nobody could cover him. That was the cool thing about it. His stride is so long. He’s so jumpy, so springy, that he was dynamic whether it’s running the route or fly sweeps to him, handing it off to him. He was hard to take down.”