Cameron Holland copes with tough decision

Pitt has added four offensive linemen to its football recruiting class of 2007. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and his staff are left with one more offensive line spot to fill. They are hoping that vacancy is filled by athletic lineman Cameron Holland from Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. Holland is currently torn between two schools. When will he complete his decision? Read on.

Cameron Holland (6-foot-2 ½ inches, 285 pounds) was on the cusp of committing to the Pitt Panthers two weeks ago. He was ready to place a call to Head Coach Dave Wannstedt when he paused and realized the magnitude of his decision. He decided to visit North Carolina to provide him a quality comparison to the University of Pittsburgh.

"I really enjoyed my visit to North Carolina. I went there to learn more about the school and their program and I believe I learned everything I needed to know," stated Holland. "The visit answered all of the questions I had." Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks Holland the 33rd best player in the state of Pennsylvania. He's considered a "three-star" lineman. Cameron earned all-WPIAL honors as a junior. Pitt, North Carolina, Kentucky, Temple and Delaware have extended scholarship offers.

The visit to Chapel Hill made quite an impact on Cameron and the Panthers and Tar Heels appear to be in a dead heat for his services. "I'm really torn right now. I'm going to make a decision by the end of the week but it won't be easy," he said.

"I want to major in pharmacy and both Pitt and North Carolina have strong pharmacy schools. From an educational standpoint, both schools are strong and you could say they are even."

"I had been to Pitt a bunch of times and knew a lot about their program. Pitt's close to home and it's a great school. I have grown up rooting for the Panthers. They have terrific facilities and I really like their coaching staff. Coach (Bob) Junko took for around campus when they had their passing camp. There isn't a thing I haven't seen."

"North Carolina has a beautiful campus and a strong coaching staff. There's a great college atmosphere there too. I wanted to spend more time with their staff. I feel like I got to make a little bit more of a connection with them."

Holland is capable of bench pressing 360 pounds and squatting 490 pounds. Holland opened some eyes when he ran a 5.03 forty-yard dash the All-American combine in Pittsburgh. Cameron has been a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines. He was named first-team All-City and first team All-AAA as a junior.

"This is going to be my decision, but I'm going to sit down with my family, my friends and my coach. I'm torn right now and I keep going back and forth on both schools. I'm fortunate to have two good schools to choose from."

The University of Pittsburgh has received verbal commitments from offensive linemen Chris Jacobson (6-foot-3 inches, 295 pounds) from Keystone Oaks High School (Pittsburgh, PA), Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell High School (Erie, PA), Greg Gaskins (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds) from William Penn Senior High School (York, PA) and John Fieger (6-foot-5 inches, 285 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School (Pennsburg, PA).

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