The son of a Penn State legend heading to Happy Valley for an official visit as a Class of 2025 recruit

LaVar Arrington Jr. is a three-star athlete in the Class of 2025 and is coming to Penn State for the final official visit of his recruitment after stops at UCLA and Tennessee.
Former linebacker for the Penn State Nittany Lions and current NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington
Former linebacker for the Penn State Nittany Lions and current NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington / Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

LaVar Arrington is the quintessential Nittany Lion. He gave birth to St1x C1ty on Penn State’s defense with his iconic No. 11 being worn by Brandon Bell, Navorro Bowman, Micah Parsons, and now, Abdul Carter. On Friday, LaVar Arrington Jr. will take his official visit to Happy Valley and maybe the three-star athlete in the Class of 2025 will someday wear his father’s number in the blue and white. 

Coming out of Covina, California Arrington is a 6-foot-3 215-pound athlete with offers from Arizona, Michigan, Tennessee, Washington, and plenty of others. However, the two favorites in his recruitment are Penn State and UCLA. This weekend with be James Franklin and Tom Allen’s best chance to pitch Arrington on a chance to make his own name for himself outside of the considerable shadow that his father casts across central Pennsylvania. 

The younger Arrington was on campus back in April for an unofficial visit but since that trip out east has also set foot on campus in LA and Knoxville with his official visit to Tennessee last weekend. 

While he’s listed as an athlete, to no one’s surprise, Arrington is likely to play linebacker at the collegiate level. If he commits to Penn State’s 2025 class, he’ll join DJ McClary, Dayshaun Burnett, and Alex Tatsch as incoming players at the same position. Both McClary and Burnett are listed as four-star recruits by 247Sports and to compound to logjam, Tony Rojas, who is expected to take over at starting off-ball linebacker with Carter moving to defensive end in Allen’s new system, is just a sophomore. 

Arrington won’t be the only recruit on campus this weekend. On Friday, Franklin will welcome his final crop of recruiting targets for summer official visits with nine other players, including four-star safety JaDon Blair from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.