"I love the tradition at Penn State"

Pennsylvania tight end J.P. Holtz grew up rooting for both Penn State and Pitt. See what he says about both programs here

J.P. Holtz, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound three-star tight end/linebacker from Shaler Area High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., says he has scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Penn State and Michigan State, but he denies a leader.

"I don't have a top five yet," Holtz said. "I'm not really thinking about that stuff. I probably won't have a list until my season. I'm gonna take my time and make sure I make the right decision."

Holtz says he grew up following both Pittsburgh and Penn State. "I love the tradition at Penn State," he said. "It's a very good school and they've got a nice campus too. I like the environment there."

He attended the Nittany Lions' Junior Day earlier this year and lives about three hours from State College.

This weekend, April 16, Holtz will be attending the Pittsburgh spring game. He lives only 10 minutes from the Panthers' campus, but says distance will not be a factor.

"I like the new coaches," he said about the Panthers. "Coach Todd Graham is a nice guy and I think he'll be good for that program.

"They say they like that I'm versatile and said they may use me at linebacker too," he said.

He says both Michigan State and West Virginia have talked with him about playing linebacker as well. Holtz attended both the Spartans and Mountaineers' Junior Days already.

"Michigan State has a great campus," he said. "I liked it a lot. It's a nice area and it's very big."

West Virginia is only an hour from his house. "I like that it's not too far," he said. "They really seem to care about football and the football players there. It's a great football town."

Holtz says he is unsure whether or not he's going to attend any camps this summer.

He denies any timeframe for making a decision. "At first I wanted to commit early, but now I think I'll go through the process and check everyone out," he said.

"I want to be able to fit in with all the people and make sure I like them," he said. "That's the most important thing to me."

Holtz says he played mostly running back during his junior season and had 14 total touchdowns (rushing and receiving).

"I can move for a big guy," he said. "I'm very physical and love to hit people. I'm a typical tough tight end from Pennsylvania and I love to play."

He says he can bench 305-pounds.

"I'd like to get a little faster," he said.

Holtz plans to major in education and reports a 3.0 core GPA. He is taking the SAT in June.

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