Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario showed a highly mobile quarterback as Harry Varty spent his post-middle school afternoons watching local high school drills.
Varty, a local sixth-grader, wide-eyed as Trinity’s quarterback deftly rolled out of the pocket in the face of defensive pressure and extended the game with his legs before dropping a 40-yard point across the field to a wide receiver. It was a throw that Varty said most guys in the Canadian game didn’t dream of.
While he may have been a quarterback back then, he’s now the star wide receiver at Pitt. Jared Wayne has come a long way since his time at Trinity, but he’s made sure to always remember his roots and give back to those in the community – including Varty.
“I’ve known Jared since 2016,” Varty said Pittsburgh sports now. “I looked at him as a little idol and he was sort of a mentor to me throughout the whole football recruitment process and learning the game. He was a great character for me to learn the American game and just really get known and all that.”
Wayne spent some time in Peterborough, Ontario over the weekend and caught up with Varty and a few locals for some football chats. Wayne is perhaps the best example the local kids could have asked for as he heard firsthand how a college player not much older than themselves traversed the situation.
However, Varty was able to go one step further. Varty and Wayne spent an hour and a half throwing together and it was the perfect opportunity to prove himself and Wayne that he can make the throws needed to get to the next level. Having Wayne as his wide receiver, who knows when and where a pass should be, has been an invaluable learning experience — both on and off the field.
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The pipeline of native Canadians making the leap into big college football has grown stronger in recent years, with players like Chase Claypool, Chubba Hubbard and John Metchie all getting drafted to the NFL, and Varty believes Waynes own influence in the NFL will have a lasting impact on the Ontario territory.
“I think it will motivate a lot of kids and show them that it’s possible to achieve their goals, which is to play Division I football from Canada,” Varty said. “And I think Jared is a great role model for her and me to show that with a lot of hard work it’s possible. I think he’s really going to make strides in creating a path in Canada.”
Varty, who played for Trinity in 2021, is making the jump to the US himself. After leaving Trinity, he will go to Connecticut to play for St. Thomas More School in Montville, Connecticut and enter the Class of 2024 as a recruit – giving him two seasons of US high school football.
“So far it’s promising for me and it’s just a great journey,” said Varty. “I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had so far and I’m looking forward to playing in the States next year. It’s always been my goal to play football at Friday Night Lights and I’m just excited to see what I can do and what I can show the world.”
With a goal of becoming a collegiate quarterback, Varty wants to adjust to the style of play required at the collegiate level, and while he hasn’t garnered much collegiate interest yet, he’s focused on getting it on the collegiate radar -Create trainers.
With hopes of showing a precise arm and the ability to place the ball anywhere on the field in a 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame still capable of picking up extra yards, hopes Varty to show a brace. threat ability. Varty and Wayne have already spoken out about jumping from Canada to the US – they share the similarity of being former high school quarterbacks.
“We’ve talked a lot about how to read defense in the US game and how it differs slightly from Canada and the other defenses and how they affect your reads and in-game progress,” Varty said.
With the chance to spend two seasons as St. Thomas More’s quarterback, Varty can adapt to the game in the United States and prepare for the next level of football, and it wouldn’t be possible without someone like Wayne.
“It’s really great,” Varty said. “It’s nice to see that this is a possible path for people from Canada and I hope I can help others who are walking the same path to make it from Canada to the States just to open this door.” ”
The motivation to see a childhood idol who accepted an offer from Pitt after starting at Trinity and is now finding success at Pitt is real. And Wayne himself offered advice at every step.
“He’s talked to me a lot about showing yourself out there, always being competitive everywhere and really standing out as quickly as possible with everything you can – whether it’s the numbers, skill, size, anything you can, is,” Varty said.
Varty and Wayne will both play in the United States in 2022, and while Varty will spend his junior season fighting for a college football opportunity, Wayne will be fighting for an NFL opportunity. But at the end of the day, they’re both still just kids from Canada with dreams of playing soccer.