March 23, 2011

Holtz has Spartans high on the list

One of the prospects that the Michigan State Spartans are very interested in for the class of 2012 is tight end prospect J.P. Holtz of Shaler High School in Pennsylvania. The Spartans have already offered the 6-foot-4, 232-pound recruit and are among his favorites. was able to catch up with Holtz briefly last night and got the latest detail on his recruitment.

Holtz visited Michigan State last month and that visit along with a scholarship offer from Head Coach Mark Dantonio put the Spartans high on the list. Holtz told Paul Day of the following.

"Michigan State and Penn State," he said of his leaders. "I think I'm a Big Ten type of guy. I want to play in the Big Ten."

The Nittany Lions have also offered Holtz and scholarship and it appears that this could come down to a battle between the two heavyweight programs.

"I really liked Michigan State from what I saw when I visited," Holtz said. "Coach Staten is my recruiting coach from there and we keep in contact. They are in my top right now and I do plan on visiting again. This weekend I am going to Penn State. I also plan on going to Cincinnati soon too."

Shaler High School is right outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Holtz is excited about the team's prospects for the upcoming season. We asked Holtz about that and if he has heard much from the new staff at Pitt.

"We should be nice this year; we have a lot of starters returning," he stated. "No I have not talked with them at all actually."

Considering that Michigan State and Penn State have offered it is somewhat surprising that Pitt has not at least been in contact .You can never have too many big athletic types like Holtz. To the Panther's defense, they will likely be running an offense that does not rely on the tight end as much as the Spartans and Lions.

Holtz went on to indicate that the relationships he has with the staff and how the use the tight end are things he is looking at when it comes to making his college choice. will be sure to keep in contact with Holtz in the coming weeks. We will be sure to keep an eye out for him at the Spartans Elite 1-Day Camp in June. Take: The fact that Michigan State uses the tight end extensively in their pro-style offense cannot hurt their chances. The Spartans will graduate senior tight ends Brian Linthicum and Garrett Celek after this year and need to re-load at this spot.


    -Indiana OL prospect DeAndre Herron picked up a scholarship offer from Southern Miss yesterday. Herron, who indicated that Michigan State is his top choice, now has scholarships from Louisville, Toledo and Southern Miss.

    -Michigan DE/LB prospect Mario Ojemudia recently picked up a scholarship offer from the Stanford Cardinal. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect is hoping to get back up to East Lansing in the near future in order to see a Spartan practice in person and develop more rapport with the coaching staff.

    -Florida DB prospect Jordan Diggs is seeing his recruiting stock sky-rocket this spring and recently was offered by the Ohio State Buckeyes. Diggs is the brother of former Spartan and current Oakland Raider Jeremy ware. Look for Coach Dantonio to have him on campus this summer.

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