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Who is the 8th grade QB with a Penn State football offer?

They say the early bird catches the worm, and that just may be what Penn State football is trying to do with this offer to an 8th grade QB.



Penn State Football, 8th grade QB
Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) passes the ball against the Utah Utes during the first half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, Penn State football held its Elite Showcase IV event, the final prospect camp of the summer. Players from across several recruiting classes were in attendance to show off their skills and, in some cases, come away with an offer from the Nittany Lions. But for one offered QB who made the return visit to State College, patience will need to be the name of the game. This, of course, is in reference to class of 2028 QB Christopher Vargas. But although he has yet to reach high school, the 8th grade QB with multiple Power Five offers is already turning heads on the camp circuit this summer. 

Christopher Vargas is already turning heads on the camp circuit 

Last week, Christopher Vargas camped at Penn State for the second time in as many months. After attending a mid-week prospect camp in late June, Vargas walked away with an official offer from Penn State. The offer was Vargas’s second from a Power Five program. Hailing from St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts, Vargas also has offers from Boston College, as well as UConn and UMass. 

Obviously, since the 8th grade QB hasn’t even reached high school, the major recruiting services haven’t evaluated Vargas yet. However, the site QB Hit List currently rates Vargas as the No. 1 pro-style QB in his class. 

Ryan Oliver, Director of Football Content for Youth 1, offered this evaluation of Vargas:

Vargas is a talented passer with a strong arm. He shows a real presence in the pocket with full command of his team’s offense. Aside from his arm strength, his biggest strengths are his ability to throw on the move and to throw the ball with accuracy. His ability to drop in deep balls on target is remarkable. Each throw looks so easy for Vargas. He shows an ability to play the position well beyond his years. A talent to keep an eye on from the 2028 class going forward.

Is Penn State on to something with this early offer?

Vargas also recently earned an invite to the Under Armour Next 8th Grade All-American game, which will take place next year. So, while there is definitely lots of time for Christopher Vargas to grow and develop, there certainly seems to be a strong foundation in place for the 8th grade QB. 

Vargas also hails from an area where Penn State football has increasingly recruited well. Of course, the Nittany Lions signed Pat Freiermuth out of Massachusetts in the 2018 cycle. But Penn State has five players from New England committed over the 2023 and 2024 classes, including top prospects Andrew RappleyeaLuke Reynolds, and Liam Andrews. So, while Vargas’s recruitment is a matter for the very distant future, don’t put him too far out of mind. 

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