Senior wide receiver and defensive, footballstar Carlos Arredondo is back for Schurr High football. Watch out NCAA Div. I.Arredondo is still deciding whether he is going to play football at Arizona State University, UCLA, or even the University of Utah, but rest assured he’ll make an impact wherever he attends.
With the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Arredondo making a whopping 79 catches for the Spartans, he somehow had a knack for being on the field for most of the game’s 48 minutes, be it on offense, defense and kick and punt return teams. The biggest thing is he enjoyed virtually every minute of it.
“Playing both sides of the ball helps me know what the receiver is going to do,” he said about having to play defensive back. “It keeps me one step ahead.”
And one step ahead seems to be where Arredondo always ends up. He can run 40 yards in 4.57 seconds and just always seems to be around the ball.
“That’s my thing right there,” he said. “My hands make up for everything else.”
Arredondo said he is realistic in knowing he might not have a professional job in football and is hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement once he’s done with college.
“Mostly I want to get my education first,” he said. “Playing football pro would be a plus. Anything is possible, but education comes first.”
Arredondo said he credits most of his education of the game to Victor Salazar, Schurr’s offensive coordinator.
“He made me learn the game,” Arredondo said of Salazar. “He made me understand. He showed me football is more of a mental game than physical. He says, ‘Work your techniques and trust what you’ve been taught,’ and he never lied to us.”
Salazar said Arredondo was a pleasure to have on the team all these seasons.
“He’s a hard worker,” Salazar said of his prodigy. “He wants to learn and get better. He’s the hardest worker on and off the field. He was a leader. We’re really going to miss him.”
In addition to those 79 catches, 12 were for touchdowns and he racked up nearly 1,200 yards receiving as the Spartans went 9-2-1, losing in the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals on Nov. 27 to Diamond Ranch High, 33-27.
“We were five yards away from being in the semifinal,” Arredondo said.
He added both his father and also wide receiver coach Mike Vasquez had great influence on him.
“He tells me, ‘Don’t be comfortable. Be humble and be hungry for me,’” Arredondo said of his father’s wisdom.
And as for Vasquez: “He broke me down and made me fundamentally sound. I always thought it was about running routes and catching the ball, but he showed me how to see the plays before they happen, how to read the defense.”
Playing football also taught Arredondo a lot more than just Xs and Os, he added.
“It taught be a lot of discipline and how to become a better man,” he said. “From being a freshman to becoming a senior, it taught me about responsibility … I appreciated every minute I was out there.”