One Holy Cross High School football player is one step closer to playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Sophomore Jason Vargas was selected to participate in the high school showcase game of the Offense-Defense Bowl in Orlando, Florida on January 4.
Vargas, 15, was one of 200 players selected from approximately 6,000 participants in Offense-Defense Sports’ nation-wide camps. Active NFL players Dez Bryant, Cam Newton and more than 185 others once played there as well.
“It’s a great honor to play,” Vargas said. “To be able to play in that kind of game, it’s amazing.”
Vargas started playing football with his older brothers and family members and fell in love with the game at an early age.
Now the high schooler, who is 6’1”, is playing on Holy Cross’s junior varsity team and expects to make the varsity squad next year. While Vargas aims to be a professional wide receiver in the NFL, he also enjoys playing the kicker position.
“Kicker is very important, because it comes down to you sometimes,” Vargas said.
While playing at Offense-Defense’s camp during the summer, he performed so well that he received an MVP medal for wide receiver and the All-Star game invitation.
“Every year his game has elevated that tells me he is listening to what the coaches have been telling him,” said Milow Weems, youth brand director and coach of Offense-Defense, who trained Vargas during summer camp. “I see him playing Division 1 [college football], if he keeps up the hard work.”
Vargas’ final goal of course is to be a professional player, but first he has his eyes set on playing football in college.
He is interested in playing for the University of Oregon, West Virginia University, Florida State University or Boise State University.
“From what I’ve been told he has the ability to take it all the way, but we’re focused on scholarships. We have to focus on the short term,” said Laurie Morris, Vargas’ mother. “I’m proud of Jason because no matter what he always tries his hardest, even when he’s hurt or injured.”
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