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’22 Indiana O-Lineman Joey Tanona Checks Out Iowa

January 31, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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Last month, while preparing for their Holiday Bowl matchup with USC, the Iowa coaches continued looking towards the future. In Zionsville, Ind., they found someone that they’d like to be a part of it.

The Hawkeyes stepped forward with a scholarship offer for high school sophomore Joey Tanona last week. The opportunity impacted the 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive line prospect.

“Iowa was the first team to recruit me and offer me, which I think is just surreal. I’m very honored,” he told HN.

Tanona received his first in-person look at the Hawkeyes this past weekend when he attended a junior day.

“I really like the program because of how consistent it is every year. The thing that really stood out to me on the junior day was how passionate the coaching staff is about Iowa football,” he said.

Indiana, Nebraska and Cincinnati also have offered Tanona scholarships this month. He’s scheduled a visit to Notre Dame for Saturday.

It appears this rising recruit will see his list of suitors continue growing. So, the Hawkeyes getting in on the ground floor might prove beneficial in the long run.

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“I think the thing Iowa has that I really like is an elite coaching staff and a great community,” he said.

Tanona spent the junior day speaking with offensive line coach Tim Polasek and assistant Kelvin Bell, who recruits Indiana for the Hawkeyes.

“We just talked about Iowa football and what it has to offer,” he said.

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With all of his scholarship offers coming in the last few weeks, Tanona’s recruiting is just starting.

“Since it is very early in my recruitment, I’m still just trying to process everything. Right now, I like what Iowa has to offer,” he said.

While academics will play a big role in his final choice, Tanona isn’t sure what he wants to study in college.

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“The most important factors for me when choosing a college are a great education, a great community and a place I can feel at home,” he said.

Tanona played left tackle as a sophomore in a successful program. As you can see in his season highlights, he was serving up pancakes:

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