Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Panthers land TE J.P. Holtz

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.

28 comments:

  1. Evidently the new staff can recruit blue chip guys. I'm sooooo relieved!

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  2. Do you think the Holtz committment will help turn any of the other recruits who havent decided Pitts way?

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  3. thank god. the negativity was getting out of hand.

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  4. A real good get for the new coach and program, along with rest of class looks very promising.

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  5. GO PITT!
    Where are all the negative guys at.
    Chryst can't recruite guys, c'mon where u at?

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  6. Doke-

    Any other big gets Pitt can get.

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  7. Good pickup by Coach Chryst. He is starting to recruit his type of players. As for the defections to-date, everyone needs to remember that most were to fit a different offense and defense.

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  8. I don't know if this means Chryst & Co will be great recruiters, but I do think it means they aren't bad. Holtz is the type of player you want to keep at home, and while Western PA isn't producing the talent like it did in the glory days, there is plenty here to build a solid program around, even if some of the super-elite head to Columbus.

    People with more insight than me, do you think he is good enough to play as a true freshman? Will we be seeing some Hubie Graham and Holtz 2-TE packages?

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  9. Good pick up for pitt. Hopefully this will lead to some more quality guys

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  10. Really good news. Let'd hope this really gets the ball rolling, and Chryst finishes recruiting through next week with a big conclusion.

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  11. Chryst threw the kitchen sink at Holtz, and it worked. Obviously Chryst thought Holtz was better then the recruiting services gave him credit for. I tend to agree, this kid has the athletic ability and skills to be a real difference maker in a short span.

    I don't think losing Corey Jones is a big deal whatsoever. Pitt has 12 returning scholarship receivers for next season, plus Trenton Coles and the Davis twins. And within the receivers returning, Darius Patton,Ronald Jones, Brenden Felder and the Davis twins are all slot, speedy receivers under 6-0. This guy wasn't a need, and having little receivers isn't a need inside the type of offense we will be running.

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  12. Well predicted on Holtz coming to Pitt Doke !!

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  13. glad they got him. he's going to be really good in this offense.

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  14. Scout is showing 3-star DE Miles Hilliard as a soft verbal now. He visited Syracuse last week.

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  15. Doke:

    Really pleased that Holtz has opted for Pitt. A great pick-up. Have you heard any more about other Penn State recruits reneging and going elsewhere? When the scandal first hit, there was speculation that they would lose a lot of their recruits. I haven't read anything about definite post-scandal departures since Schutt and Holtz, and only a few vague references to other possible departures, e.g., Mohrningweg(sp?). What is your latest information about this?

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  16. Doke:

    Glad to see that Holtz opted for Pitt. A great pick-up for us. Have you heard about any more Penn State recruits reneging on their verbal commitments and going elsewhere? When the scandal first hit, there was speculation that a lot of recruits would decide to go elsewhere. But other than Schutt and Holtz, I have not read about any who have definitely left. I have read speculation that some (e.g., Mohrningweg) may leave, but nothing definite. What is your latest information about this?

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  17. Chris,

    Rumor has it that Schiano is leaving Rutgers for the Bucs job. Do you you think Denman will change is mind again?

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  18. A very good pick up, does he have the speed to play LB?

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  19. Chris,

    Any possibility of picking up qauity from Rutgers if Schiano takes TB job? Does it get us back in play for Denman?

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  20. Welcome to the Pitt family JP.

    Doke - given Schiano's departure, does Pitt stand any chance at getting Denman back? What other Rutger recruits should be targeted? It would be nice for some payback given what they did to us last year.

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  21. great news....surprised no one else has commented yet, even if it was expected. After all, if someone was expected to decommit, the board would be bursting with negatvity.

    Im keeping my fingers crossed that Coach Chryst & Co deliver a pleasant surprise or two on Feb 1. Not because I know anything - just hoping.

    Thanks for the update Chris!

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  22. Holtz and Hubie on the field at the same time. Pitt may look like NE's offense, if only they had a QB that (1) finds the open man (2) throws a pass in the general vicinity and (3) an offensive line . Maybe Holtz not ready his feshman year, but hope springs eternal.
    Not many days left, but lets hope that Chryst and Co. are coming on strong in the end.
    PG blog post (totally unverified however) suggested Schiano may be heading to the pros. Do you have anything on that?
    Hope its true and then just like Pitt got Holtz from PSU they might get some OL help from Rutgers.

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  23. Chris, with schiano leaving rutgers, does that mean pitts back in play for denman?

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  24. Please let the feeding frenzy on Rutgers recruits begin. Anyone besides Dennemen we can make a run at?

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  25. I don't see Pitt getting any of the Rutgers players. Denman is obviously the main player to think about but he may be done with this. After awhile you have to feel kinda stupid to commit to a fourth school even if the last two really wasn't his fault.

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  26. Hey Chris, I beg to differ, frankly once you renege the first time the remaining times are just that much easier. Why would the young man want to go to a school not even knowing who the head coach wil be? Maybe just me, but I would have thought every 3-star+ Rutgers recruit would be in play over the weekend.
    Denman and all the others need to wake up and realize what Schiano realized, the BE is a dumb conference spread out all over the country with absolutely no tradition left. The Rutgers coaches can be proud of what they accomplished getting the recruits they did, but Schiano leaving has to be deadly, especially if they bring a HC in from the outside. If they go with someone internal, who do they have that is going to give the recruits confidence they are sticking with an up and coming program. I can't imagine Cignetti has that credibility yet.

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  27. Yeah, but his friends are there, his parents live close by, and the parents went to Rutgers. I think he may just say the hell with it and stay there. Unless, of course, his friends on that team start to bolt this weekend.

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