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Penn State Recruits Shaler's J.P. Holtz

You can soon add Shaler's J.P. Holtz to the list of Western Pennsylvania players who play for Penn State. The tight end and linebacker is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals. He doesn't yet know which position he'll play in college, although Cory James reports that he'll actually play fullback, which he has plenty of size for, at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds.

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Holtz says that the size and physicality of WPIAL players is similar to that of the Big Ten. He was also considering Pitt, Purdue and Michigan State, but ultimately chose PSU because of the school's status to him as a Pennsylvanian.

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"You live in Pennsylvania, it's kind of like a dream as a little kid to go to Penn State," Holtz said. "I've always wanted to go there, but I just wanted to look around and make sure I made the right decision."

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For more, check out Jeff Junstrom's recent feature on Western Pennsylvanians currently playing for the Nittany Lions. Also check out Black Shoe Diaries.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.