Thomas Sio, Alaska’s lineman of the year for the 2018 high school football season, has parlayed his considerable size and talent into a Division I football scholarship.
Sio, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive lineman for the Bartlett Golden Bears, is headed to Oregon State in the fall. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday during a ceremony at the Bartlett library.
Though Sio is the only Alaskan football prospect to accept a Division I offer this year, more than two dozen other players -- from Ketchikan to Barrow -- made commitments Wednesday.
Among high school seniors, Sio is Alaska’s No. 1 prospect and ranks 31st nationally among offensive centers, according to 247Sports,
Bartlett co-head coach Dan Esparza gave this assessment of Sio to the Oregonian: “Powerful kid with great feet and great football ability,” he wrote. “Great human being with an infectious smile that lights up any room he walks into.”
Here’s a list of Alaska’s latest crop of college-bound football players.
Thomas Sio, Bartlett, Oregon State; Bolee Gridlee, West, Eastern New Mexico; Luke Guggenmoss, Palmer, Northwestern College (Iowa); Levi Brenner, Soldotna, Valley City State University; Cody Nye, Soldotna, Minnesota-Morris; Stevie Bryon, Ketchikan, Western State Colorado; David Cason, West, University of Dubuque; Corbin Tomaszewski, Lathrop, Colorado Mesa University; Eli Turvey, East, South Dakota School of Mines; Chase Brown, Lathrop, Lewis & Clark State College; Brandon Wieber, Ketchikan, Lewis & Clark State College; Tevita Tulimiua, West, Eastern New Mexico; Kordell Pillans, Kodiak, University of Montana (via Mesa Comunity College); Colton Herman, East, Bemedji State University; Aiden Williams, East, Minnesota Duluth; Elijah Lear, Bartlett, Presentation College (South Dakota); Kepa Wong, Ketchikan, Peru State College (Nebraska); Julian Baker, East, Bemedji State University; Ethan Connaker, Colony, Valley City State; Joseph Ruge, Wasilla, Valley City State; Joel Martinez, West, College of the Desert; Mekeehan Knittle, Palmer, Lewis & Clark State College; Jaden Littell, Lathrop, Baldwin Wallace; Jaun Mendez, Lathrop, Baldwin Wallace; Ben Heather, Barrow, Minnesota-Morris; Kobe Sherman, Eagle River, Lewis and Clark State College.
(If you know of other Alaskans who signed letters of intent this week to play college football, ask their coach or school to send information to email@example.com)