John Harrar is getting an opportunity to compete in a professional sport of the highest level -- but it's not basketball, at least not yet.
After capping off a terrific career with Penn State basketball, Harrar is giving football another shot and is attending rookie mini camp with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward will try out as a tight end, his agent told to Lions247. The Eagles rookie minicamp began on Friday.
Before his hooping days with the Nittany Lions, Harrar was originally committed to play football at Army after a productive high school career at Strath Haven. He was a consensus two-star football recruit and the No. 64 player in Pennsylvania.
In April of 2017, Harrar flipped from an Army football commit to a pledge to Pat Chambers and Penn State basketball.
While not as heralded a signing as other commits of the Chambers era, he proved to be a program stalwart for Chambers, ex-interim head coach Jim Ferry and Micah Shrewsberry.
Harrar finished his college hardwood career as the program's all-time leader in games played (146) No. 2 in career field goal percentage (59.6%), No. 5 in career rebounds (854) and was a two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention. He's also one of six players in Penn State history that accumulated at-least 800 points and 800 rebounds.
He is the second former Penn State basketball player to make the switch to football in recent memory, joining former Nittany Lion Ross Travis. Who was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and has since gone on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and a few other teams.
John doesn't look too out of place so far!
John Harrar: tight end pic.twitter.com/SzxX8pcVp7— Onward State (@OnwardState) May 6, 2022
Brent Celek gives some instruction to rookie TEs Grant Calcaterra and John Harrar pic.twitter.com/dCL3pVKHV8— Ed Kracz (@kracze) May 6, 2022
We personally cannot wait to see Harrar catching touchdown passes from Jalen Hurts on Sunday's. Ball out, John!