Long Relationship with Iowa Leads to Offer for Tanor Bortolini

May 25, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

The Iowa-Wisconsin rivalry can get heated. That happens on and off the field.

The two Big Ten West members compete annually for the Heartland Trophy. They lock up more frequently on the recruiting trail.

Such is the case with Kewaunee (WI) High offensive tackle Tanor Bortolini. The Hawkeyes and Badgers are looking to win him over.

Wisconsin offered the home-state product late last week. Iowa did the same a day later.

“I’ve been talking to Iowa since the middle of June (last year). I was on the phone with Coach (Tim) Polasek and he told me the news that they were going to offer me and it was a pretty awesome feeling,” Bortolini told HN.

“It meant a lot as they were the first school to start looking at me.”

Syracuse became the first Power 5 offer for Bortolini. The Orangemen came forward in February.

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Bortolini (6-5, 270) visited Iowa for a junior day in March. After being offered, his interest rose for a return trip.

“I plan on visiting at some point in June, although I’m not sure exactly when that’ll be,” he said.

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It will provide him with an opportunity to learn more about the team and school.

“I would like to know where they really see me fitting in and just learning more about everything the program has to offer,” Bortolini said.

Miami (FL) jumped in with an offer on Thursday night. Minnesota hasn’t offered but has been showing him a lot of interest. The Gophers could be running out of time.

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“I’d like to decide before my senior season starts,” he said

Bortolini is undecided on a major at this time, but is leaning toward something in the Business field.

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