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.