As expected, Shaler tight end J.P. Holtz has decided to become a Pitt Panther. Holtz originally committed to Penn State months ago but changed his mind after their program came under fire. Other offers included West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas, Virginia, and Rutgers among others.
Versatile player who played at quarterback, running back, tight end, and linebacker at Shaler. At 6'4" and 240 pounds he already has good size. Ideal for Paul Chryst's tight end friendly offense but he is also versatile enough to move to defensive end or linebacker in the future if need be.
He possesses very good speed and athleticism, and even though he looks nothing like a true halfback he often ran out of the I-formation like a much smaller player, until he eventually steamrolled any would be tacklers.
Bottom line, this is one of my favorite players from the hundreds of Pitt prospects this year. He's just a tough, hard nosed football player that hustles. Combine that with his natural talent and Chryst's offense, and Holtz could be a bonafide star down the road.