Those numbers earnied Jared District 16-4A MVP honors and honorable mention all-state helping lead the Lions to a 13-3 record and a Class 4A state runner-up finish. Salubi says Waco High's loss to LaMarque in the state championship was a bitter pill to swallow but from all accounts out of Central Texas, he's ready to roll in 2007.
Salubi who is 5'10 182 pounds with 4.5 speed had 1000 all purpose yards and 9 touchdowns in 2005 as a sophomore which garnered him first team all 13-5A honors. Jarred who boasts a 255 pound bench press max and a 400 pound squat max has excellent explosiveness as he has a 34 inch vertical leap.
Jarred is also a key cog for the Lions track team as he participates in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays along with the 100m dash. "My biggest strength is my vision, I can see the cutback lanes and hit them quick. I also have a good combination of power and speed. This off-season I am focusing on improving my blocking technique and getting even faster" said Salubi.
Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech have all show interest in the shifty back from Central Texas. But Salubi says right now, there aren't any teams who are ahead of the pack. "No one stands out now, but I think its early and my focus is on getting a title."
Last summer Jarred impressed scouts in a mini-camp at the University of Texas, this off-season Salubi plans on participating in seven on seven and making at least two mini-camps at schools yet to be determined. The Waco High RB says academics and how he fits into a particular program will loom large in determining who gets his services after high school, "Academics are big for me and my mom, I want to go to a good school," says Salubi who is not sure what he wants to major in as of yet. However in the classroom, Jared is a standout much like he is on the gridiron.
Don't look for a final decision from the Waco High star until after the 2007 season, as it appears Jarred's sole focus is winning the Lions a state title after getting to the brink in 2006. "I want to help the team win state, we got close last year, next year I want to be a part of a state championship team."