UPDATED: Recruiting Riley: Tracking offers for Kindred's highly regarded Division I football prospect Sunram

Kindred Vikings junior Riley Sunram is garnering heavy interest from multiple NCAA Division I football programs.

Kindred's Riley Sunram gears up before kickoff against Lisbon at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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KINDRED, N.D. — Kindred Vikings junior lineman Riley Sunram continues to garner heavy NCAA Division I football interest, and now has nine D-I scholarship offers — seven from FBS programs — including his latest offer from Missouri.

Sunram announced Friday, Nov. 25, that he received an offer from Missouri after a game-day visit with the Tigers .

Sunram announced Nov. 5, via social media that he received an offer from Nebraska after their game against the University of Minnesota.

Kansas State also offered the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Sunram. Kansas State is coached by former Bison head coach Chris Klieman. Sunram is slated for a game-day visit Nov. 26 at K-State. Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas, Duke, Minnesota and Missouri are his offers from Power Five programs. North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota also offered Sunram.

“Whatever fits me, whatever feels right," Riley said of making a final decision, which he would like to do before his senior high school football season next fall.


Division I schools could start contacting and offering Sunram again on Sept. 1 after a dead period in recruiting. He had three in-person offers over the summer before the recruiting opened up again.

“It was pretty busy,” said Sunram, who is in the 2024 recruiting class. “It was kind of fun, all these coaches were reaching out and stuff. It’s been fun. A lot of coaches have been calling me every week and stuff like that. I’m still trying to focus right now because right now college is in my future.”

Sunram plays offensive and defensive line for Kindred, which finished this past season with a 10-1 record and advanced to the North Dakota Class 11B state quarterfinals.

“If you don’t ask Riley about it, he won’t tell you about it,” said Ryan Sunram, Riley’s father. “I think mom and dad get more excited or want to hear more than what he tells us.”

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The Gophers were his first FBS offer and that came in late July. NDSU was his first Division I offer, which came on June 26.

“It’s been fun, seeing all these big guys on TV and seeing them coach big football teams that everyone watches on TV,” Riley said. “These big schools contacting me it’s really cool. It’s cool that they notice me.”

Riley has been recruited as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman, depending on the program.

Below is a running list of Riley Sunram’s Division I offers that will be updated when more are extended:


Missouri offered Riley on Nov. 25.

Nebraska offered Riley on Nov. 5.

Kansas State offered Riley on Oct. 12.

Iowa State offered Riley on Oct. 8.

Duke offered Riley on Oct. 1.

Kansas offered Riley on Sept. 28.

Minnesota offered Riley on July 27.

UND offered Riley on July 16.


NDSU offered Riley on June 26.

Kindred's Riley Sunram keeps Lisbon's Carter Wallner at bay at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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