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January 25, 2012

This Just In…

Filed under: Coaches,Football,Media,Players,Recruiting — Reed @ 6:47 pm

Reed is having ribeye steak, asparagus and homemade bread for dinner…

Oh, and four star TE/DE J.P. Holtz committed to play his college football at PITT this evening.

This is a big get for Chryst & Co. in that Holtz is a highly ranked local prospect who was targeted by Wannstedt, Graham and Chryst as a player they very much wanted on the Panthers.  He most probably will line up at the TE position for us and seeing the way Chryst used TEs, sometimes in a two TE set, he may be able to contribute sooner rather than later.

Currently PITT has only two ‘true’ TEs on the roster in Hubie Graham and Brendan Carozzoni with converted WR Drew Carswell and converted QB Anthony Gonzalez working into the rotation at that position.  I wonder if Carswell might move back to WR as he has the size at 6’4″ and 215  that this staff likes and has used there while at Whisky.

I don’t envision Holtz playing much as a true freshman but one never knows.  Hubie Graham will probably get the bulk of playing time at that position and let’s hope he gets more passes his way.

Here is an interesting fact: in 2010 our TEs caught 21 passes; under Graham in 2011 they had 45 receptions.  I hope we incorporate the TEs into the offense at least as much as last season.

Personally I really like Brendan Carozzoni and want to see him get more action on the field.  He only caught four passes last season but showed flashes of what he can do in the UCONN game when he had three catches for 36 yards.

The big question, at least in my mind, is which of these TEs are going to excel in the run blocking aspect of the position? I think Bostad will incorporate that into the offense more than we saw last season.  We really were spoiled with Nate Byham in that role.

There is also the chance that the staff may want Holtz on the defensive side of the ball as he excelled there also.  He’s a multi-talented kid who has great athletic ability.  Plus he looks like he’s forty years old already so he’ll definitely be able to get into bars without being carded.

Holtz was a Jack of all trades in his career at Shaler as he contributed in many ways:

As a senior, Holtz ran for 337 yards on 72 carries. He caught 19 passes for 332 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.  J.P. Holtz says he played mostly running back during his junior season and had 14 total touchdowns (rushing and receiving). He says he can bench 305-pounds.

Holtz plans to major in education and reports a 3.0 core GPA. He is taking the SAT in June.

So, congrats to J.P. Holtz for picking the University of Pittsburgh for his college choice and let’s wish him the best of luck while here.

Holtz had originally committed to play at Penn State then reviewed his options after the Sandusky scandal broke and they had their coaching change.

Gordo – just curious but do you ever go watch any of Duquesne football games. I bet they would be fun as hell to watch.

When I was growing up I went to all the PITT home games and also any CMU (Carnegie Tech then) games I could – and honestly I thought the CMU games were just as much fun.

Here’s the link – $40 season tickets, can’t beat that for football games.

Comment by Reed 01.26.12 @ 12:25 pm

whoa, i took offense to the constant tino bashng,i really object to that , matter fact i expressed that to reed and chas,so if some one calls me tinos mom and comments on some ones heritage thats ok,i really enjoy the posts but come on,should i call u franks mom

Comment by paul shannon 01.26.12 @ 12:27 pm

BCPITT, Denham is quite aware of how Bostad prizes him, since he recruited him for both Wisc and Pitt. His worry may be if Bostad is staying .. we don’t know what Bostad told him (if anything) about the Bears OL job .. because I guarantee you recruiters from other schools mad Denham aware of the potential that Bostad may leave.

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 12:28 pm

Or Denham may have wanted to play close to home when all the recruiting dust settles. Who knows?

Nothing surprises me anymore with PITT football or recruiting or the Big East… Schiano to the NFL, seriously?

Paul, obviously you’re not Tino Sunseri’s Mom, that’s crazy. But how will your cousin do at QB this year?

Comment by Reed 01.26.12 @ 12:32 pm

Is anyone else reading about this Marzett Geter stuff? Apparently he was blowing up Twitter bashing the coaching staff for wasting scholarships on too many cornerbacks or something like that — I heard it was in the Trib but I don’t see anything online.

Comment by BCPITT 01.26.12 @ 12:32 pm

paul. I feel your pain. I’ve said this numerous times that I believe blaming everything on the QB when it was apparent that the entire offense was out of sorts is an anlysis of a simpleton .. and I will stand by that until everyone here attends a memorial trubute for me.

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 12:35 pm

Geter better learn something from Yuri Wright

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 12:37 pm

Can’t wait for the new signings and the spring game. Should be an interesting year.

Comment by gsdodson 01.26.12 @ 12:39 pm

I agree wbb, but do you think that Chryst will want to start his first recruiting class in Pittsburgh by yanking a scholarship from a kid @ Sto-Rox?

Comment by BCPITT 01.26.12 @ 12:48 pm

Ok, tino’s mom is uncalled for.

As for the Tino bashing, what?? He stinks!!

I know, I know, the offensive line and receivers.

We all get that ad nauseum. He simply stinks, when given time, overthrowing 5 feet over heads, into the dirt 5 feet in front of them constantly. Absolutely no pocket prescence or awareness what so ever.

It’s not just “everyone blames the quarterback”, we all get there are 22 players on the team.

Yoi, we can’t still be talking about Tino can we??

Please let someone grab the reigns in the spring so we don’t have to go over this one more time!!

No, it won’t be maybe he’ll be okay in the new system, he stunk in Wannstedts system too.

He was as bad in his last game against WVU as he was in his first game against UTAH two years and 20 some games ago. He never progessed at all.

To the point, no, you shouldn’t have been called Tino’s mom.

However, complaining to Chas and Reed about Tino bashing would possibly make me wonder if you are a relative or friend of his?? Sincerely???

If you would happen to be, the best advice is probably not to read the boards, they can be tough on the families as well as the player.

Hence, why a lot of players and coaches don’t read press clippings. Some do, I give you that, but I’m sure a lot of them don’t so they don’t have to go through an emotional rollercoaster.

I also can never remember seeing anyone question Tino as a man (yes, he’s 23 or almost 23), a brother, a son, a student, an uncle, a human.

Just as a quarterback at a Div 1 college.

That’s what this is, a sports blog, one that happens to be about Pitt, pretty much football and basketball. Everyone talks about the good, and the bad.

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 12:50 pm

@Gordo and BCPITT – Thanks for jogging my memory about Bell. I knew there was something that happened with him, just couldn’t remember the specifics.

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.26.12 @ 12:51 pm

On top of Denman lets try to snag Arcidiacono too..We sure need the OL help and I think it’s been clear that there might be a need for a 6-5 center on Pitt’s squad…he’ll need to gain weight but a year or two in a D-1 program will beef him up

link to

Comment by BCPITT 01.26.12 @ 12:52 pm

BCPITT – I don’t want any kid on the PITT team that has a name that you have to actually stop and think to pronounce it.

Comment by Reed 01.26.12 @ 1:01 pm

Dan, are you a relative of FRANKCAM, BOssdaws, Tossing Thabeets, and EMEL .. or are you all just one person?

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 1:02 pm

LOL @ wbb

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.26.12 @ 1:07 pm

Arcidiacono was recruited by Tony Soprano (James Gandofini – RU class of 83 circa)

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 1:07 pm

link to Here is a feed off of KDKA

Comment by George H 01.26.12 @ 1:09 pm

@wbb, I always understand what you say, because you say the same thing every time!!! LOL

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 1:09 pm

and you don’t?

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 1:11 pm

sure I do, I was just referencing a few weeks back when you commented, unsolicited I might add, “dan, you ramble so much, I don’t understand you half the time”


Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 1:14 pm

@ Reed…call him Archie…if he can play that’s good enough for me!

Comment by BCPITT 01.26.12 @ 1:23 pm

Wow. just starting reading this blog topic. what’s with all the personal attacks? We are presumably all Pitt fans. No need for insults. But that’s the problem with blogging. People blog things they would hesitate to say in person. respond.

Dan’s two responses were well stated. FRANKCAN is a dedicated mainstay on here and deserves better. PS, just show alittle respect and you should get it in return. No need for name calling, including “Tino’s Mom”.

wbb—no need to refer to Pitt bloggers as simpletons because they disagree with you on Tino. And if you want to find out if Dan and I and Emel and the rest are relatives or the same person, come see me. I am at 189 Main St. Adamsburg PA. As a Pitt fan, you will be welcome. We can speak face to face and remove all doubts about your above post.

Enough of the insults.Let’s maintain some class on the Blather. HTP

Comment by Bossdaws 01.26.12 @ 1:31 pm

wow, what a surprise Boosdaws .. Dan’s response were well stated and FRANKCAM deserves better, and I get called out for the simpleton analysis.

I would like to point out to you that Dan told paul to take a hike followed and FRANKCAM called him a troll … seems like you (selectively) missed that … but I’m sure you will send your love to each and stroke each other’s egos

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 1:51 pm

enough ,ienjoy the facts ,besides we allmight be surprised to find out who s who,especially me, hell i might be a good guy to know

Comment by paul shannon 01.26.12 @ 2:00 pm

I guess ESPN is reporting that it’s official — Schiano is going to Tampa Bay. Wonder if Penni has relatives on the East Coast .. the kids would love NYC?

Comment by wbb 01.26.12 @ 2:03 pm

I will lower myself to answer @wbb, I’m bored at this time.

You selectively failed to mention that Paul Shannon started the whole thing asking if Frank sucks???

Hence, the troll and take a hike comment.

Is that clear enough for you?? LOL

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 2:14 pm

Hey, I wonder if we have a substitue today for Geometry in 7th period!!!

Oh, and Lisa Smith told me that she likes Billy, but she doesn’t think Billy likes her!!!


Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 2:16 pm

@PaulShannon, if you have lots of money and want to share, you’re my best pal!!

If you’re a cop, I don’t speed and I don’t drive drunk, and I doubt you could help me if I murder someone!!!!


But, I’d be happy to know you anyhow!!

By the way, how’s Nosmo King???

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 2:19 pm

P.S. my jocular post above referencing middle school and high school is poking fun at all of us, especially me!!!!!!!!!!

On a semi-serious note, I realize some people on here may not be computer savvy as some, and I’m not really either, but…..

everyone knows LOL-means Laughing Out Loud


LMAO-Laughing My Ass Off, right??

I would suppose most do, but for some, thought I’d let you know.

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 2:31 pm

Dan ,now thats funny ,trying to stay away from the brownies and chasing the girl scouts.I just read more than post, just do not like the personal crap about the players just the facts is that a troll.

Comment by paul shannon 01.26.12 @ 2:43 pm

No Paul, everything is cool. I see you post on here, and am aware of you. I should be more aware, and will be, that a lot of people mostly read and don’t post that often, and some never post.

I just jumped to quickly, but I wanted to defend Frankcan.

I had just spilled coffee on myself at the time, so I was a little trigger happy I suppose.

My apologies.

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 3:20 pm

Paul Shannon what i say to Wbb Was said in fun
and if he or you had read all the posts you
would see that i have told him i was pulling his
chain or pulling his tail i have even said i like him etc.

but what i said to him i said to him not to you
and i never said any thing to you till you said
i suck i have not seen you on here so i thought you a troll.

Wbb and i walk down the same street just on different sides of the street had you said i was nuts that would be ok or had you said you thought
i picked on Wbb to mutch or had you said i was crazy i might say right on

but you made it personal when you said i suck
and remmber you were not involved .

and as i said Wbb is a good man but if 9 posters
say it is a red day Wbb will say no it is blue
and that is ok he can any time he wants to
but he has to know some one will pull his chain

but you were not involved so out of the blue i suck i never said a mean word to you dont think i saw you on here before so i thought you were a troll .

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.26.12 @ 3:23 pm

Hey Paul, also, this will get WBB a bit!!

If you happen to be Nordenberg or Pederson in disguise as Paul Shannon, could you please put the frickin’ Pitt script on the helmet and the mustard and royal blue uni’s back please!!!!!

It’s not that long ago, and precedent has been set, Washington, BYU, Buffalo Sabres and NY Islander fans all demanded there teams go back to their real colors after failed marketing schemes, and they did. I’m sure there are others.

Whew, that’s a load off, I feel better!! ha ha

If you’re not them, well, again my apology for kinda jumpin’ quick this morning, and I look forward to reading your posts, and please, always comment or criticize mine.

Good day, tell Kinish (sp?) I said hello!! LOL

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 3:25 pm

Frank, I think we’re all good. Onto Schiano leaving Rutgers maybe, definite?? and grabbing a couple recruits!!!

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 3:27 pm

Dan thank you i thought he was a troll
but he did get personal.
and he was not involved you know how we pull Wbb
chain abought tino
never said a thing to him before that thought he was a rude troll if he had said i was nuts that would be true but i dont know him so did not get it you know the meanness

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.26.12 @ 3:34 pm

Rutger fans are commenting “How about Mario Christabol? Coached here under Schiano from 2001-2003, took FIU from 1-11 to Sun Belt Champs in four years. “

Comment by mtoolmn 01.26.12 @ 3:45 pm

Gotcha Frank. I think Paul Shannon may actually be Chilly Billy Cardille!!

Comment by Dan 01.26.12 @ 3:56 pm

never saw Duquesne football but my grandpa went there about 75 years ago…$40 season tix cant be beat. too bad I’m on the left coast

Comment by Gordo 01.26.12 @ 4:17 pm

dan i think there is a new post for the 26th

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.26.12 @ 4:18 pm

When I saw FRANKCAN’s post above that starts with Paul Shannon, at first I thought maybe it was a poem, because it looks like it’s written in stanzas.

But then I thought I’d never seen a poem with that line structure before and certainly none of it rhymed.

And now that I’m sure it wasn’t intended as a poem, I’m still not sure it shouldn’t be read as one. I know I will re-read it again and again.

Comment by hugh green 01.26.12 @ 4:41 pm

lolol hugh green

love the last line

“before so i thought you were a troll .”

Comment by Gordo 01.26.12 @ 4:45 pm

Free verse? Since we are talking about middle school, how about a haiku for Pitt football…

Coach Chryst now at Pitt,
Recruiting, recruiting hard,
A quarterback, please?

Comment by Stfan 01.26.12 @ 9:28 pm

LOL, Holtz blew off Mark Madden this afternoon for an interview. I guess Madden blamed Shaler HS for not letting Holtz know. It’s pretty funny because MM is a Shaler alum.

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.27.12 @ 5:48 pm

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