MARYVILLE, Mo. — North Dakota State came down to Maryville to pick up an offensive lineman to add to their program two seasons ago. Now that Jalen Sundell is ready to begin his redshirt freshman season with the Bison, the 15-time national champions are going back to the Spoofhounds to sign senior Jackson Bram.
Bram was a First Team All-State offensive guard for the Hounds this past season and helped lead the Hounds to a state semifinal berth. Bram has played on both the offensive and defensive lines at Maryville, but will likely convert to tight end or fullback for the Division-I FCS program.
“They just like that I play through the whistle and I give good effort every play,” Bram said. “I'm getting recruited for tight end. They liked how I can block and they said I can play tight end or fullback. … Their tight ends coach (Tyler Roehl, also their offensive coordinator) is great and they worked with me this weekend and just this past weekend, I've come a long way with routes and catching.”
Having a familiar face with Sundell already on campus made Bram even more comfortable with the Bison. Sundell was a senior at Maryville when Bram was a sophomore starting next to him on the offensive line.
“My sophomore year, Jalen really took me under his wing and it is just nice knowing that I won't be completely alone when I go up there,” Bram said.
The Spoofhounds all had a first-hand look at the North Dakota State campus two weeks ago when Maryville participated in the North Dakotaa State team camp, but Bram has also had the chance to visit the campus with his parents and explore Fargo.
“After going to the camps and being on campus a few times, I really liked it up there,” Bram said. “My parents and I went around Fargo. We looked at it and we decided that it kind of felt like home.”
Bram thanks the Spoofhound program with helping set him up for the opportunity to take his skills to the Division-I level.
“Coach (Matt) Webb and all our coaches really focus on the details, just hammering home the details and that is something that the NDSU coaches were really all about,” Bram said.
Before going to join the Bison, Bram has another season to play with the Spoofhounds. The team will open the season on August 30 when they travel to William Jewell College in Liberty to match up against defending Class 2 State Champions Blair Oaks.