Guilford County, North Carolina- Today senior Jalin Virgo will sign a letter of intent to play division one football at Western Carolina university, the scrappy but humble kid from Jamaica has come a long way since he first strapped on the pads. The journey is far from over but on this day…. can sit back, take a breath and rejoice for a moment.
With so many raw emotions and thoughts circulating, all that comes to mind first is the sacrifice it took. Sacrifice is a word we hear used loosely, many people blurt it but don’t truly know what it means.
Sacrifice is one of those words you can feel in your chest if you’ve ever done it, that feeling of pure will knowing you deserve everything coming your way.
“Well first sacrifice, I spent countless hours perfecting my craft in will Bradley’s sports and performance . My plate was empty and I knew either I was gonna starve or I was gonna eat. But moving forward staying humble,hungry, but to also be thankful for the opportunities I’ve been blessed with.” Virgo told SportsCarolinaMonthly.
Virgo comes from a program on the rise in Southwest Guilford (8-5), the cowboys boasted one of the most talented defenses in the triad, and the unit featured multiple division one prospects. Virgo played all over the field mostly at linebacker and cornerback. Virgo is a natural athlete, he’s physical and offers up nice versatility at the collegiate level.
Virgo played Baseball, Basketball, and wrestled on top of his gridiron accolades. On the defensive side Virgo finished his career with 89 solo tackles, eight sacks, and earned Piedmont triad 3A all conference honors twice. Virgo also lined up receiver, he snagged 19 passes for 314 yards and six touchdowns through two seasons.
Virgo will come in with a winning attitude, Western’s staff is excited about this freshmen class, and the Catamounts will also return majority of their young core from this past season. This group is vastly more talented than their (3-8,1-7), record, WCU featured four all americans. There is a lot of optimism surrounding this offseason, next year this group could take a major step forward.
“How does your game fit in their system?” “Well I’m versatile and long so playing for Coach Weaver,Coach Wiley,Coach Spier they like there players on the deep end of the defense fast and long but also people who love the game so me personally I feel like I’m great fit for the job. “
“what does the future of WCU football look like?”
“A championship program who will run the FCS and wake up a lot people but also be the team everyone even FBS teams will wanna play.”
Virgo seems mentally and physically prepared for the next level, he’s made it abundantly clear he won’t shy away from expectations or Mountain lions. The town of Cullowhee is notorious for their mountain lion sightings.
You worries about mountain lions at all?”
“Lol Oh no sir like diddy said “You can throw me in the jungle, and I’ll come out with a with a chinchilla coat, a leopard hat and 10 pounds heavier from eating them.” “I’m Jamaican that doesn’t scare me.” Virgo said.