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19 Alaskans headed for college football, with more expected to sign soon

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 7, 2018
  • Published February 7, 2018

Wednesday was national signing day for college football, and at least 19 Alaskans signed letters-of-intent with the colleges of their choice.

Eastern New Mexico State is the biggest recipient of Alaska talent — five players are headed to Portales to play for the NCAA Division II Greyhounds.

Another 15 to 20 players are expected to sign in the coming weeks, said Randy Klingenmeyer, director of the annual All-Alaska Football Camp that showcases Alaskans each summer and attracts numerous college coaches.

"Most of these kids got recruited as a result of attending (the camp)," he said.

Eastern New Mexico coach Kelley Lee said the camp is where the Greyhounds found Toni Makihele, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman from Dimond.

"Despite limited action on the defensive line in high schoool he was voted the Defensive Line MVP by 25 collegiate coaches at the All-Alaska Football Camp," Lee said in a press release announcing the team's recruits.

Brenner Furlong, Soldotna running back — Dakota State (South Dakota).

Jon Pomrenke, Colony wide receiver — Morningside College (Iowa).

Jarrett Villastrigo, Colony defensive end — Luther College (Iowa).

Parker Kizer, Colony quarterback — Luther College (Iowa).

Jarek Schultz, Colony tight end — Northern Arizona.

Aeron Milliron, Wasilla tight end — Western Montana.

Derryk Snell – Chugiak running back/wide receiver — Montana State.

Teddy Croft, Homer defensive back — Montana Tech.

Jontay Edwards, Bartlett running back — Eastern New Mexico.

Andrew Gaines, North Pole linebacker — Eastern New Mexico.

Toni Makihele, Dimond tackle — Eastern New Mexico.

Dan Bradbury, West guard — Eastern New Mexico.

Jiovanni Santicrose, East defensive end — Eastern New Mexico.

Qyntyn Pilcher, West quarterback — Sierra Comunity College (California).

Jacob Breazeale, North Pole guard — Azusa Pacific (California).

Ryan Stiles, Service linebacker — University of Minnesota Morris.

Ian Stover, Chugiak center — University of Minnesota Morris.

James Tuiniua, West center — Robert Morris University (Illinois).

Presley Piliati, East linebacker — Valley City State (North Dakota), via Santa Rosa Junior College.

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