South County TE Juan Salgado (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Juan Salgado is working to improve in all facets
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Juan Salgado (2021, 5’7, 210 LBS) of South County High School, home of the state champions, is looking to capitalize on his senior season. While he knows he may not have a traditional season as far as playing in the fall, he understands that any chance to play is one that he cannot take for granted. “With the fall season being canceled, it definitely changes some things, but it doesn’t change the fact that we are working out everyday. We are just trying to stay in shape and become a whole unit together as a team,” he explains.
The layoff, while lengthy and excruciating for some, has given South County a chance to become more prepared for the season they face and the road back to the state championship. Juan explains this dynamic, stating, “As a team and coaching staff, we are all very mentally tough, and honestly, I see no problems with anything that is being done right now. All I see is us improving and improving more and I see us competing at a high level again”
One thing that anyone from Northern Virginia knows is how swamp-like the summers get. For Juan and football players across the DMV, they know the struggle of practicing and training in the hot, muggy air. He has gotten used to the conditions, though, saying, “We practice outside in the heat and humidity. We have played in it and I have gotten used to it at this point because when you practice in it enough, you kind of get used to it.”
At the recruit757 Spotlight Exposure Camp, Juan, who mainly plays Offensive Line and Tight End, was invited to show his skills. He understands that he is unlike many of the players in attendance due to his size. “I mean it’s kind of difficult for me because they’re skill players and I’m a big skill player, but I did compete and kept up with them the whole way through,” he elaborates.
Juan hopes to make the big leap from last season to this season. He intends to improve his footwork, trying to become more agile, as well as his endurance. He hopes that these changes will solidify not only his role in the rotation, but on varsity as a whole because he played a majority of last season on JV. He also understands that the term “student-athlete” also has the word student in it, and that he needs to keep up his academics. He is looking forward to maintaining a high GPA with his AP classes he is taking and is looking forward to hearing from colleges he intends to go to and continue his education.
Salgado may not have made a huge impact on the team that won the state title last season, but he wants to use some of the experience that he gained on the sidelines to help him in the present season. He wants to become a player that can be counted on in big situations and one that can dominate. He will work hard until he achieves this goal, and will not settle until he has reached the peak of the mountain for a second straight year.
– Marc Goldstein
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