90i #50: Caleb Day July 13, 2013
6′-1″ 190 lbs.
True Freshman (on scholarship, 5 years to play 4)
Darby High School / Hilliard, Ohio
What I Know About Him:
Now we enter the top-50. Which is more or less “players who I think will contribute significantly”. A guy ranked #50 might not necessarily be in the two deep (although a full two-deep plus a kicker and a punter runs to #46), but he’s going to play in every game.
Which means I think that Caleb Day will play every game as a true freshman. I believe there are two true freshmen who rank higher than this (I won’t give anything away, but their names rhyme with Bosely and Mailey), so this is a fairly high ranking for a true freshman.
Now to the big question: Cornerback or safety? Most scouting services listed him as an “ATH”, so there was some question whether Day would play receiver or defensive back when he signed. That was settled for me at the Chicago Gately Stadium practice this spring when Day stopped by for a visit and spent the entire practice on the defensive side hanging out with the defensive coaches. And it was set in stone when he received the #7 on Freshman Jersey Number Day. Martize Barr has the #7 on offense, so… Day will be a defensive back.
What I Expect From Him:
As you know, we lost the following players from last year’s defensive secondary:
Steve Hull (now at WR due to repeated tackling injuries)
So, pretty much “every player who played in the secondary except for Earnest Thomas”. Yes, Eaton Spence and V’Angelo Bentley both got minutes as freshmen, but we mostly rotated Hawthorne, Green, and Ramsey at corner and Sanni, Hull, Thomas, PNY, and Davis at safety and nickel corner… and now only Thomas returns.
And now we need eight names to fill those spots. Seriously – try to find eight. Thomas, Bentley, and Spence and then…. Mosely Little Day Barton Mathis? Probably. The takeaway here: there are many, many minutes to be had at corner and safety. Day can have as many as he wants.
And not just typical “corner” and “safety” roles, but also nickel corners lining up over slot receivers and such. So many different packages and so many different personnel sets that we need to fill out, and pretty much only freshmen and sophomores to fill them. Yeah, Day gonna play.