Fort Osage 2018 offensive lineman Jan Salmon is establishing himself this season as one of the Kansas City area’s premier center prospcts as he and the Indians put together a strong season.
At 6’3, 330-pounds, Salmon brings a big frame to the field and his agility and athleticism are attributes that translate well to the next level. He says the first quarterback he played with at Fort Osage taught him life lessons on the field that have stuck with him ever since.
“(He) taught me to play every down for my teammates,” Salmon said. “Since then every time I snap the ball, I make sure my explosiveness off the line is unmatched by anyone on the defensive line.
“For as big as I am my footwork and agility helps me to make sure I don’t get beaten. My game may not be the most exciting to watch but that is because I am always in position, doing my job and making sure the defense isn’t doing theirs.”
He has since been selected to compete in the Blue/Grey All American Bowl which will streamed to the nation via Impact Football Network. Salmon was one of 90 seniors chosen from over 6,750 players who competed at the regional combines in 2017 to play in the bowl.
The game will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Dallas Cowboy AT & T Stadium.
Salmon began playing football in fifth-grade in a local youth league competing for the Vipers and the Longhorns. He has since seen his game grow and has helped Fort Osage go 5-2 this season with its only losses to Lee’s Summit West and Staley. He says he spent much of the offseason lifting weights in the morning, working with a trainer several times a week and attending various camps.
Although he currently does not hold an offer, Salmon has drawn interest from numerous programs, including William Jewell, Drake University, Emporia State, Wayne State and Fordham University. He has taken unofficial visits to William Jewell and Drake University and plans to take an unofficial visit to Wayne State in November.