Recruiting: City life attracts recruit to Pitt

Holley heads west; Pryor changes plans

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The Pitt football team has done well in recruiting Western Pennsylvania, but yesterday the Panthers changed sides.

They landed a standout player from Eastern Pennsylvania.

Jarred Holley, a highly recruited defensive back from Easton High School, announced at a news conference that he will attend Pitt. Holley's final three schools were Pitt, Iowa and Virginia, but he had more than 30 scholarship offers, including ones from Michigan and Penn State.

"I kind of had a good feeling about Pitt when I visited there last summer," Holley said. "Then when I came back out for my official visit, I got to see the city at night, got to know the coaches better and got a better feel for the school. Basically, I just like everything about it."

Holley said one of the main reasons he likes Pitt is because it's in the city.

"There is a lot to do in a city like that. A lot of stuff going on," Holley said.

Holley was a versatile player for Easton. In one game this year, he played quarterback, tailback and receiver. But he was recruited to play cornerback. He had 21 career interceptions.

"His forte is he gets on you at cornerback, and stays on you," said Easton coach Steve Shiffert. "He didn't get too many balls thrown his way the past two years. Everyone threw his way when he was in ninth and 10th grade and figured out you couldn't beat him. I won't tell you he runs a 4.3 in the 40. He's not super fast. But he's very fluid and he has excellent ball skills."

This spring will be Holley's fourth season as a starting outfielder on Easton's baseball team. He also played basketball for three years.

Pryor changes plans

Jeannette star quarterback Terrelle Pryor has changed his plans for a college visit this weekend, added another school to his list of finalists and refuted a KDKA television report that he will make an official visit to Pitt.

"As of right now, I have no visit planned to Pitt," Pryor said. "Even if I would visit there, I'm not going to Pitt. I keep saying that. I'm not looking at Pitt at all."

Pryor had originally said he would visit Penn State this weekend and Michigan the first weekend in February.

But he will not visit Penn State at all and will make a trip to Michigan this weekend.

"I've been up to Penn State so many times, there is nothing new for me to see there," Pryor said.

The newest team among Pryor's finalists is LSU. He said he hopes to go to LSU and Oregon in the two weeks after the Michigan visit. Pryor had not listed LSU among his finalists before.

"I had been talking to their coaches for a while, so I'll give them a visit and see what it's like," Pryor said.

He said his finalists are Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Oregon and Penn State.


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