Jeremiah Cobb used lessons from his mother for Auburn commitment

Montgomery Catholic Jeremiah Cobb realized early on that he could help his mother through football. Now, with a commitment to Auburn, he has the opportunity to do just that.

He took that vision with him to every practice.

“She was on my mind when I went out and worked,” Cobb said. “I really wanted to be able to help him and I thought football was the solution. So I went out and worked hard to help him.”

Catholic coach Kirk Johnson knows Cobb has a chance to create lasting change in his family.

“It’s a generational shift,” Johnson said. “Being able to come from a single-parent situation…to say, ‘Hey, mom, I’m going to school for free.’ That’s huge. “Not only am I going for free, but I’m going to an SEC school that’s playing at a high level for free.”

Catholic High School's Jeremiah Cobb is shown in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

It was a work ethic instilled in Cobb by his mother, Rachel Cobb, that helped him go from undersized back to No. 3 player in the Advertiser Montgomery‘s Fab Five, a ranking of top college prospects according to newspaper ratings.

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Rated a four-star rookie by 247Sports and the sixth-best running back in the nation, Cobb rushed for 2,163 yards with 30 touchdowns during his junior season. He also had 561 receiving yards with eight touchdowns. Cobb rushed for 2,013 yards with 18 touchdowns in his sophomore year.

The work ethic was developed through the lessons his mother taught him when he was younger. When Jeremiah was 8 years old, his mother earned her accounting degree while working full time, which left a lasting impression on him.

Those mom lessons coupled with Johnson’s mentorship have helped young Cobb add 40 pounds of muscle since entering high school.

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“Just always go out there and be the best he can be at that moment,” Rachel Cobb said. “His coach has pushed his eating habits and stays on top of that. He’s tried to be more consistent with that. Go out and be the best he can be every day. Anything worth doing is worth doing. ‘Being well done is what I’ve always told him. … That’s what I’ve always whispered in his ear and that’s what he does.’

Catholic High School's Jeremiah Cobb is shown in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Now is the time for Jeremiah Cobb’s work ethic to start rubbing off on those around him, including fellow fielder quarterback Caleb McCreary. Between Cobb’s second and junior seasons, the duo trained together. McCreary credits Cobb for his improvement.

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“He pushed me to be a better quarterback,” McCreary said. “Him being as good as an athlete… I had to run the ball a bit. He influenced me to be a very hard worker and go after it on Friday nights.”

The duo practiced their running games to cut their time last season, but focused on building confidence as a backfielder and as a team off the field. It worked. The Knights went 13-1 in reaching the Class 3A semifinals.

It worked for Cobb. He doubled his rushing touchdowns while becoming more of an all-around back by increasing his receiving distance and touchdowns despite not playing in the second half in most games.

It was during one of those team-building activities – a paintball outing – this summer that McCreary realized that Cobb is the same on and off the field: competitive and always finding a way to win.

It’s also in those moments that it’s clear why Cobb’s teammates love him.

“Even when he’s down, you want to have Jeremiah Cobb in your locker room. He always brings the energy, the personality that he has,” McCreary said. “Even if he wasn’t our starting running back, I would still want him in my backfield or I would still want him in practice with me to put in the hours.”

Vysen Lang of Pike Road, left to right, James Smith and Qua Russaw of Carver, and Jeremiah Cobb of Catholic are shown in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

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