Junior tight end JP Holtz of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Shaler Area took an unofficial visit to a Big East school this weekend and went home with his first offer. A number of other schools are also hot on trail of the talented junior.
"Recruiting is going pretty well," said Holtz, who is 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds. "Cincinnati, West Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, NC State, Rutgers, LSU and Michigan State have showed the most interest."
A visit to one of these schools, West Virginia, resulted in his first offer this weekend.
"I went to the West Virginia game when they played Rutgers," said Holtz. "I wasn't expecting them to offer. I gave the tight end coach a film a couple of weeks ago and they really liked it. My dad played college football with their defensive coordinator and we were talking to him before the game and he said that I have a scholarship offer there. Then the head coach came up to me and said that I have a scholarship to West Virginia."
Aside from getting the offer, Holtz seemed impressed with his first West Virginia experience.
"I really liked the atmosphere at the game," said Holtz. "Their fans are really intense. It reminds me of being at a Steelers game."
Before his visit to West Virginia, Holtz took a few other visits earlier this fall.
"I visited Cincinnati and that went very well," said Holtz. "They pretty much offered me. I also visited Penn State and Pitt a couple times this year. Those visits went ok."
Holtz is being recruited as a tight end, but this fall at Shaler he saw time at running back, slot receiver and linebacker. Despite only playing a little less than seven games due to a broken ankle, he finished with 10 rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, and one interception returned for a touchdown.