"I've always wanted to go to Pitt, ever since I was real little, so that's just great for me,'' Holland said. "I was really looking forward to this camp, because Pitt is close to home. And I'm very interested in going to school there and playing football for Coach Wannstedt.''
The Panthers had shown some interest in Holland and many expected them to offer him a scholarship as early as this weekend, so it really isn't a surprise. Holland had not yet received any offers before this, although a number of other schools -- Akron, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Temple and West Virginia -- also have shown some interest.
Wannstedt actually singled Holland out during his pre-camp pep talk to the several hundred prospects in attendance, as he recognized the hulking lineman immediately after surveying the crowd.
Pitt also offered a scholarship to Upper Perkiomen lineman John Fieger after the Saturday morning session at the camp and have made more than 70 offers overall to players who will be high school seniors this fall. The Panthers picked up their third verbal commitment Friday when Thomas Jefferson senior-to-be Dominic DeCicco gave notice to Wannstedt.
The versatile 6-3, 210-pound DeCicco could play either wideout or cornerback at Pitt, but he also can be a dangerous returnman. Manheim Township quarterback Pat Bostick, Keystone Oaks offensive lineman Chris Jacobson and Holland's teammate, defensive back Jared Williams from Perry, gave Pitt early verbals. However, Williams reneged a few days ago. He still could come back to the Panthers, but he is exploring other options right now.
After spending some time with Holland, it's doubtful that he would waver if he chooses Pitt. Holland appeared to be very interested in continuing his football career with the Panthers in 2007. However, he must first get through his senior season at Perry.
"I think we're going to be real good this year,'' Holland said. "Hopefully, we'll take the (City League) and go to states. That would be great. But that's why I came to this camp. It helps me learn a few things to prepare for my senior year, and it also gets me looked at by the college coaches here. I can compare myself to some of the best players out there, and there are a lot of them. So, I'll be able to see how I stack up with them.''
The same would hold true if Holland decides to commit to Pitt.
Notes: Along with Holland and Fieger, a handful of other prospects looked good in workouts for Wannstedt and his staff during the camp, so scholarship offers could come soon. That group includes Elizabeth Forward wideout Devin Goda, Woodland Hills defensive back Rontez Miles, Aliquippa wideout Jonathan Baldwin (a junior), Erie Strong Vincent cornerback Donte Harden, Akron Buchtel linebacker Ted Jones, Woodland Hills linebacker Devan Johnson, Penn-Trafford linebacker Paul Stefanik and Pennridge linebacker Tristan Roberts.