Can You Bet on High School Sports at Sportsbooks in PA or Anywhere in the US?

Posted By Katie Kohler on September 1, 2021

As the calendar turns to September, sports betting apps are filled with college football and NFL betting markets. However, you will not find any lines on high school football at legal, regulated sportsbooks in the U.S. since betting on high school sports is not permitted.

If your reaction is “well, duh” just keep in mind we wouldn’t be writing this if people weren’t asking. So, in the words of those much younger and cooler, if you see odds on a sports betting app for any high school sports, “it’s def sus, fam.” Translation – something is suspicious.

No betting on high school sports

Pennsylvania was one of the first states outside of Nevada to legalize sports betting. PA, like other states with sports betting, do not allow wagering on high school sports.

The Pennsylvania Gaming expansion law states that in Pennsylvania, you can not wager on:

  • High school athletic events governed by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association or a similar governing body.
  • Amateur athletic events, other than collegiate athletic events, unless otherwise specifically approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
  • Any other sports wagering activity as prohibited by the PGCB.

NFL players from Pennsylvania high schools

Woodland Hills High School currently has three former players currently in the NFL.

  • Rob Gronkowski (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Quintin Jefferson (Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Miles Sanders (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Rontez Miles was on the New York Jets roster last year but is currently a free agent.

Some other current NFL players who went to high school in Pennsylvania:

  • Saquon Barkley/Whitehall High School/New York Giants
  • Carl Nassib/Malvern Preparatory School/Las Vegas Raiders
  • Matt Ryan/William Penn Charter/Atlanta Falcons
  • James Conner/McDowell High School/Arizona Cardinals
  • Chase Edmunds/Central Dauphin East High School/Carolina Panthers
  • Will Fuller/Roman Catholic High School/Miami Dolphins
  • Malik Hooker/New Castle High School/Indianapolis Colts
  • Taylor Kroft/Downingtown East High School/New York Jets
  • Brandon McManus/North Penn/Denver Broncos
  • D.J. Moore/Imhotep Institute Charter High School/Carolina Panthers

Arch Manning biggest star in high school football

A familiar name is getting lots of attention. Arch Manning, the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning, is the top-ranked Class of 2023 prospect. His father, Cooper, had his football career cut short during summer practices at the University of Mississippi when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

Arch Manning (6’3, 190 lbs.) is currently the quarterback of Isidore Newman in New Orleans, LA. Early leaders in the recruitment of the five-star quarterback are:

  • Alabama
  • Clemson
  • Georgia
  • LSU
  • Texas

Adam Gorney, at Rivals said

“If I had to take a shot right now and say where Arch Manning ends up I would pick Clemson first, Alabama second and then Texas third. But that could definitely change over the course of the next two recruiting cycles and there’s no question the Longhorns rolled out the red carpet for Manning and his trip and workout went well.”

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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