Holley Setting Up Pitt Visit

Easton, Pa., product Jarred Holley is a recruit that definitely keeps his recruiting close to the vest publicly, however we were recently able to talk to the standout defensive back about his thoughts on Pittsburgh. While he may not be at the point where he is making his favorites known right now, it certainly sounds like the Panthers have put themselves in a great position with Holley.

Four-star cornerback Jarred Holley and his teammates at Easton High School are off to a 3-0 start and heading into a big game this weekend against Whitehall High School, a team coming off a nasty loss at home against Bethlehem Liberty last weekend. At this point the 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete has three touchdowns on the season while playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and return specialist for his team. Holley took some time with us recently to talk about his recruiting experience with the Pittsburgh program so far and seems very high on them so far.

"I was out at Pittsburgh this summer after I attended a wedding in West Virginia and really liked it there," Holley said. "I hadn't heard great things about Pittsburgh from some people going into the visit, but when I got there I was pleasantly surprised with how nice the city and the campus were and how friendly everyone was there."

One of the most important things for Holley is his comfort and trust level with the coaches and players he will be spending the next several years left and it sounds like the Pitt coaches did a great job making him feel welcome.

"I felt very comfortable at Pittsburgh, especially with all of the coaches," Holley explained. "They were all very personable, down to earth people and they definitely come across as individuals who care about you as a person. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and I spent some time together and he was really nice, so I enjoyed talking to him. He also showed me around a bit, so we had a good time together."

"Another thing that I really liked out there was the facilities and field," Holley added. "You really reap the benefits of both worlds because you're sharing facilities and fields with the Pittsburgh Steelers players and it gives you a little taste of the NFL which is nice."

Holley has yet to make his list of leaders public and probably will not do so for quite some time, however he did talk a bit about which schools he could visit.

"I will definitely be making a return trip to Pittsburgh this fall. Some other schools I'll probably visit are Virginia, Iowa, Stanford and Georgia Tech too. Penn State and Michigan are two others that will be in consideration. I'm not sure when I'll be visiting at this point, but I'll figure it out."

As a junior, Holley had 129 carries for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 37 passes for 548 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had nine interceptions and 54 tackles.

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