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Pitt Football Recruiting: JP Holtz Commits To Panthers

Pitt head coach Paul Chryst got some good news when local prospect, JP Holtz from Shaler, committed to the Panthers.

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Holtz is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals and a four-star by Scout. He was previously committed to Penn State, but opened up his recruitment after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. That opened up the door for Pitt. He chose the Panthers on local TV station KDKA, selecting Pitt over Michigan State.

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He played all over the field in high school and scored 15 total touchdowns on offense this season as a tight end and running back. Holtz also played at linebacker under head coach Neil Gordon. He was an All-Conference player and also named to Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 team.

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Holtz' list of offers was significant. He reportedly had scholarships available from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, West Virginia, Arkansas, Purdue, Cincinnati, and many others. For more on Pitt's football recruiting class and the Holtz commitment, check out SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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