Holtz On The Clock

Following his official visit to Michigan State this past weekend has placed J.P. Holtz on a ticking clock headed straight for signing day. SpartanDigest.com checks in with Holtz to get the latest.

With his official visit out of the way, Pittsburgh (PA) Shaler Area tight end J.P. Holtz has a big decision to make prior to National Signing Day in just a couple of weeks.

After taking a few days to reflect on his official visit to Michigan State left J.P. Holtz positive about what he saw during his time in East Lansing. How was the visit with the Spartans?

"It was a good visit," Holtz told SpartanDigest.com "I learned a lot of good and positive things about Michigan State. I really liked the campus a lot and the coaches and players, so it was a good visit."

Has Holtz found there to be added pressure waiting this long in the process to make a decision?

"I'm just taking it one step at a time," said Holtz. "It hasn't really been that bad as I've narrowed it down to Michigan State and Pittsburgh. I hope to make my decision in the next two weeks."

What stood out during his visit to East Lansing and the Michigan State campus?

"The campus really stood out," said Holtz. "Everything you need is on campus and it's easy to get around as all the football facilities are right there. I also like how Michigan State wins and wins a lot of games and plays in good bowl games."

The main completion is hometown team Pittsburgh. Will the Panthers have an edge because of the distance away from home?

"Distance doesn't matter at all," said Holtz. "They are both good schools academically and wherever I chose to go I'll get a good degree and be set for life."

Some have targeted Holtz on the defensive side of the ball while others have him penciled as a tight end. Will this be a factor in his decision?

"Not at all," Holtz stressed. "Wherever the coaches want me to play I'll play. I just like to play football."

During his visit Holtz was paired with sophomore linebacker Max Bullough. How did he find his host?

"Max is a great kid and a good player and great leader," said Holtz. "Everyone looks up to him and I was really impressed by him."

One thing the Spartans may have an edge in is the stability of the coaching staff as Pitt has a new staff in place. Has Holtz felt the ability to connect with the new Panthers staff?

"I've met all the new coaches at Pitt," said Holtz. "They are good coaches so I have no concern and feel they'll do well at Pitt."

Spartan and Panther fans must now wait until Holtz makes his final decision.


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