Holland on the brink of decision

Pitt has recruited a number of strong prospects from the Pittsburgh City League. Pitt's starting defensive tackle, Corey Davis, is the latest example of a City League prospect emerging as a strong performer on and off the field. The Panthers are hoping standout offensive lineman Cameron Holland is the next City League player to join the program. He is within days of his final decision.

"I should have a decision within the next two days," stated stout offensive lineman Cameron Holland (6-foot-2 ½ 3 inches, 285 pounds) from Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, PA.

"I'm going to decide between Pitt and North Carolina. I'm going to sit down and talk with my parent and coach, but they told me this is strictly my final decision."

Scout.com Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks Holland the 33rd best player in the state of Pennsylvania. He's considered a "three-star" lineman. Cameron was named to the first team all-City League and first team All-AAA teams as a junior.

"I really like Pitt and I feel comfortable with their coaching staff. It's the hometown team and I have grown up rooting for them. Plus Pitt is close to home. I think it would be great to play for Coach (Dave) Wannstedt. North Carolina is an up and coming program. Their coaching staff is great and I like Coach (Frank) Cignetti."

Cameron holds scholarship offers from Pitt, North Carolina, Kentucky and Temple. He is capable of bench pressing 360 pounds and squatting 490 pounds. Holland opened some eyes when he ran a 5.03 forty-yard dash the Scout.com All-American combine in Pittsburgh. Cameron has been a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines.

Holland is capable of playing offensive center and guard on the next level. He indicated that Pitt likes his versatility. "I can play center or guard. Coach (Paul) Dunn had told me he likes my versatility. The Panthers are thin at both position and I can push for time at either one."

The University of Pittsburgh has received verbal commitments from offensive linemen Chris Jacobson (6-foot-3 inches, 295 pounds) from Keystone Oaks High School (Pittsburgh, PA), Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell High School (Erie, PA), Greg Gaskins (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds) from William Penn Senior High School (York, PA) and John Fieger (6-foot-5 inches, 285 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School (Pennsburg, PA).

It appears Pitt's coaching staff will take at least one, possibly two, additional inside prospects. Holland, Caleb Ruch (6-foot-3 inches, 285 pounds) from Quakertown Community High School (Quakertown, PA) and Evan Blankenship (6-foot-3 inches, 310 pounds) from Center Area High School (Monaca, PA) are very much in the mix.

"I should have a decision very soon. I have two great schools to chose from."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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