FARGO — Fargo North senior Aiden Carlson wrapped up an unprecedented high school football season exactly six weeks ago. He’ll be in another unique situation the next time he puts his pads back on in a game setting.
Carlson committed to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, which is in its final year of NCAA Division III athletics before it transitions to Division I. Carlson announced his verbal commitment on his Twitter account Thursday, Dec. 10.
“First off I’d like to thank my family, friends and coaches for supporting me and pushing me to be the best I can be,” Carlson’s tweet read. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to be able to pursue my dream of playing college football.”
St. Thomas, the largest private college in Minnesota, will move out of the Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after the 2020-21 school year.
The Tommies will join the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship FCS conference, in 2021. They’ll play eight Pioneer League football games during their first year at the Division I level.
Carlson, a 6-foot-4 all-Eastern Dakota Conference tight end for Fargo North, finished the season with six catches for 72 yards and two scores in seven games this fall. He had five touchbacks on 26 punts for the Spartans, who went 2-5.
The two-way North standout also had a Division I offer from Drake University in Iowa, which plays in the Pioneer Football League, and Division II offers from Bemidji State (Minn.) and Concordia St. Paul.
“I also want to thank every coach who’s taken the time to recruit me and help me throughout this whole process," Carlson's tweet continued. "With that being said, I’m super excited to announce my commitment to the University of St. Thomas. #GoTommies!"