December 30, 2010

Junior TE compares WVU, Cincinnati

Junior tight end JP Holtz has picked up early verbal scholarship offers from West Virginia and Cincinnati, and he has had the chance to take unofficial visits to each of those schools.

Cincinnati was the first school to offer the 6-foot-4, 232-pound tight end from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Shaler Area. West Virginia offered after the Bearcats.

Holtz has visited both schools and noticed one major difference between the two programs, though he says it probably won't be a huge factor in his decision.

"They were very different," he said. "I visited Cincinnati during the season and the West Virginia visit was after my season was over.

"West Virginia has a lot more fans and they're just more into it down there. Cincinnati has a decent amount of fans but not as many as West Virginia."

Despite that, Holtz said he is still interested in Cincinnati.

Of course, plenty of other schools are sending mail to Holtz expressing their interest so his recruitment has a long way to go before it's finished. With contact between college coaches and high school juniors greatly limited, Holtz hasn't been in touch with a lot of colleges lately.

Both Cincinnati and West Virginia have recruited Holtz as a tight end, though he spent a lot of time at running back this year, surprisingly.

"I got hurt in about the third to the last game and we ended up losing the last two games," Holtz noted.

Holtz isn't sure if his coaches plan to move him back to tight end for his senior season.

He scored 12 touchdowns on offense this year.

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