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The search is over

CCA’s TJ Bollers commits to play football for Wisconsin
A Marion Indian gets an up close and personal look at TJ Bollers’ unique socks Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, during CCA’s Homecoming Game, in Tiffin. Bollers, a senior this fall, announced he will play football and study engineering at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison.

TIFFIN– Herky the Hawk has one more reason to shake his fist at Bucky Badger starting in the fall of 2021.
Clear Creek Amana High School (CCA) standout student-athlete TJ Bollers ended a lengthy search for a collegiate home, with suitors wooing him from across the country, to continue playing football with a video announcement on Twitter, released Thursday, June 11.
Bollers, a senior at CCA this fall, announced his intent to attend the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, where he will pursue a degree in engineering along with gridiron success.
“Clear Creek Amana has been my home since kindergarten and has provided me with some lifelong relationships,” Bollers said in the video. “Now it’s time for a new chapter. I have always enjoyed this recruiting process, and I have taken a lot of time to commit fully to this decision.”
Bollers said with engineering as his initial focus, finding a school to support him academically, as well as athletically, was key.
“That being said, I am committed to the University of Wisconsin.”
At one point, Bollers had 21 offers as a four-star recruit, according to rivals.com, a website specializing in college football and basketball recruiting that ranked Bollers 98th out of the top 100 prep athletes in the nation. He narrowed his choices to Iowa State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Alabama and California earlier this year. Despite being the son of former Hawkeye Trevor “Salty” Bollers, the University of Iowa was not a contender for the 6-3, 240-pound tight end/defensive end who totaled 29 tackles last season with 19 solos and three quarterback sacks. He also made 14 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns with his longest coming at the end of a 50-yard effort.
“I really enjoyed my recruitment,” he said via messaging. “It started off really early on and I had a lot of great options and was able to create some awesome relationships with some of the schools in my top list. I was bummed I wasn't able to go on the scheduled official visits to get even further in depth with the final schools due to COVID. It was also a bummer I wasn't able to visit the new schools who offered me in Penn State and Alabama and see what they had to offer as far as the campus, education and football programs.”
Bollers said his relationship with the other schools was very strong, and he expressed his gratitude for the opportunities they provided him.
“I really feel Wisconsin gives me the biggest opportunity to succeed based on my desires in college. They are a top-15 engineering college, they have a beautiful campus, and they play great football with a lot of opportunities for growth.”
The Badgers have 14 Big Ten Championships, have been to 17 consecutive bowl games, 13 major award winners and 305 NFL draft picks emerged from their ranks.
“I am excited to be a Badger,” Bollers said. “I have also met a lot of the 2021 recruiting class, and we have gotten to know each other really well.”
Former Hawk Trevor and mom Jennifer are glad the process gave their son the ability to find his choice of a place to be his future home.
“We worked our butts off to give him the opportunity to look into all of the options that were offered to him the best we could,” the couple wrote. “Now the fun begins. It’s time for us to get our Wisconsin gear, be great fans and dig into being around Madison and showing up when he doesn’t expect us.”
Of course, Bollers still has one season left in Clipper blue under CCA Head Coach Gabe Bakker.
“I think TJ has done a great job of being diligent with his decision,” Bakker said via email. “He found the place that was best for him as a student, athlete, and for his family. I am proud of him for taking his time, finding the right fit, and following his heart.”
The coach added Bollers has a big senior season in front of him.
“I fully expect his leadership to lift the play of his teammates and push all of us to new levels,” he said. “I could not be more excited for what the fall has in store for him, and our team. TJ has a motor that not many athletes have. He goes from the snap through the whistle at a pace that is rare to see. TJ is a great student, teammate, friend, and ambassador for everything CCA. He and his teammates are ready to leave their mark at CCA this fall.”
Looking ahead to 2021, Bollers said in his video, “Part of this process is who you surround yourself with. Some of the people I have been able to meet on the Wisconsin coaching staff and in the 2021 recruiting class are people I can’t wait to ‘Jump Around’ with for the next five years.”