In J.P. Holtz, Penn State football lands a versatile prospect

Posted: July 23, 2011

Penn State received an oral commitment Friday from J.P. Holtz, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound linebacker and tight end from Shaler Area High School in Pittsburgh.

Holtz is the 12th member of the Nittany Lions' 2012 football recruiting class.

Holtz, who will start at inside linebacker this season for the third consecutive year, is versatile. He became his team's No. 1 ballcarrier last season after Shaler's top two tailbacks went down with injuries. He also filled in as an emergency quarterback as a freshman in a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League playoff game.

Holtz said playing for Penn State has "always been a dream" for him.

"When you're from Pennsylvania, it's a big thing," Holtz told the Altoona Mirror. "It's like the perfect place to go to, especially for football, and it's a really good school, too. I'll get a good education. I know it was the right choice."

He also described Penn State coach Joe Paterno as a funny guy.

"He asked me if I was related to Lou Holtz," Holtz said, referring to the former Notre Dame head coach. "I'm not."

Holtz said he had 14 scholarship offers. Among the schools making offers were Temple, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Michigan State, Purdue, Syracuse, Maryland, and West Virginia.

Contact staff writer Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494 or


comments powered by Disqus