J.P. Holtz' Shaler High School is eight miles from Pitt's campus and roughly the same distance from Heinz Field. There is a lot of familiarity with the area. Even so, Holtz took the chance to take one of his official visits to Pitt after re-opening his recruitment a little.
"It went really well, I enjoyed it," Holtz said. "I got there on Friday, and I ate dinner with the coaches. Then Saturday, I woke up and ate breakfast. We went over to the stadium. Actually, we saw the academics first, then went over to the stadium. After the game, we went out to dinner with the coaches. It was real nice."
Serving as Holtz' host is offensive lineman Chris Jacobson—also a local WPIAL player, who has a similar blue-collar mentality to Holtz. In fact, Holtz said it was pretty easy to relate to Jacobson.
"I really liked him," Holtz added. "We bonded well, he's a cool dude. He knows everything about Pitt, and he's been there for a long time. He'll be there next year, too. He helped me out a lot."
Even though Holtz is listed as a four-star tight end, he said that Pitt is recruiting him as a ‘Panther backer,' which is the primary pass rushing position. He's not sure of his timetable for making a decision. All Holtz knows at this point, is that Pitt made a pretty good impression on him this weekend.
"Yes, they definitely did (make an impression)," Holtz said. "I live here, and I know everything about Pitt. I'm not sure (when his decision will be). I'm just going to play it by ear."