"One of the biggest reasons for why I visited Iowa was because of their ability to develop players," the Seward (NE) High lineman said. "The stability of the program was another draw."
And while the Hawkeyes coaching staff still is evaluating Holtorf, it's made it clear it likes what it sees in him.
"My visit went great. I got a chance to sit down and talk with Coach (Reese)Morgan, Coach (Chris) Doyle, Coach Brian Ferentz, and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, the head coach. I got a chance to tour the facilities and then I also got to tour parts of campus, including the business school. They said they really like me on film, and that after seeing my film, they wanted the chance to meet me in person. Coach Morgan said he would be out at school in the next month. They made it clear that they are very interested."
Holtorf said he's built a strong relationship with Morgan, his lead recruiter. The Hawkeye assistant said he could envision the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder lining up on ether side of the ball.
"I don't know if they have made that decision yet," Holtorf said. "I met with both position coaches."
Holtorf reports offers from Kansas State, Ohio, Harvard, Yale, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Liberty, and Illinois State. He said he's also hearing from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State.
Holtorf, who is considering a major in Agribusiness, said a strong academic tradition, relationships with coaches and players, and a comfortable campus life are the three most important factors in choosing a school.
The home-state institution could be the one to beat should it come through with an offer.
"I'm hearing a lot from Nebraska," Holtorf said. "Coach (Barney) Cotton says that they are really excited to have me at camp and that I should be ready to bring it at camp. I grew up a Husker fan. However, as this recruiting process has taken off, I have started to follow a lot of other programs I never followed as a kid."