2018 Early Signing Period Signee Profile: DT Sio Nofoagatoto'a

2018 Early Signing Period Signee Profile: DT Sio Nofoagatoto'a

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Sio Nofoagatoto’a, 6’2”, 321 pounds, Clearwater, FL (Clearwater Academy International), DT, 247Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star (84.52)

The newest member of the Indiana Hoosiers recruiting class has a terrific story and brings a little island flavor to Bloomington. Sio Nofoagatoto’a was born in American Samoa, an island in the Pacific Ocean that is technically part of the United States. However, people born in American Samoa are not automatically granted citizenship in the United States. The island has a rich tradition of producing terrific football players and after beginning to play football as a boy at ten, Nofoagatoto’a began to blossom into a bright prospect. It’s tough to get seen by talent evaluators in such isolation though and his family knew they needed to leave the island to help find opportunities for their children. After a brief stay in Australia, they moved their son to Clearwater, Florida. Sio enrolled at Clearwater Academy International while his parents stayed in Australia.

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Hoosiers Land Three-Star D-Tackle Sio Nofoagatoto'a

Hoosiers Land Three-Star D-Tackle Sio Nofoagatoto'a

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Tom Allen and the Indiana football staff closed out a strong month of June by securing the services of three-star defensive tackle Sio Nofoagatoto'a. The six-foot-two 321-pound lineman out of Clearwater Academy International made his announcement on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

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Meet The 2019 IUFB Recruiting Targets: Sio Nofoagatotoa

Meet The 2019 IUFB Recruiting Targets: Sio Nofoagatotoa

Written By: Kris Shankle (@Hoosierkris)

Sio Nofoagatotoa didn’t grow up in your typical hotbed for football recruits. He barely even grew up in the United States as American Samoa, which is located in the Pacific Ocean is where he was born. American Samoa is a unique place. Technically it is part of the United States, but at birth citizenship isn’t granted. I’m trying to paint a picture of just how hard it is for those living there to make a future outside of the island for themselves. The most common ways are going to college outside of the area as a student or student athlete. Military enlistment is the main way though, as American Somoa holds the highest rate of enlistment among any state or territory in the United States.

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