With this recruiting profile, we head to the Northwest Metro to chat with NFN prospect Everett Sunvold. We chatted with Sunvold about his season with the Knights, what recruiting interest he has, and what he learned about himself as a player this season.
Position: Offensive Tackle
High School Program: St. Michael-Albertville
Class: 2021, Junior
Get to Know Everett Sunvold
Sunvold has played the offensive tackle position for two years after playing offensive guard as a Freshman for the Knights. Although Sunvold is a strong offensive lineman, he also was told to play on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive tackle this year. Next year Sunvold looks to move into the Center or Guard position with the Knights. Sunvold enjoys working out and staying in shape during the offseason. “I’m very dedicated to football and I enjoy spreading positive energy to everyone on the team,” Sunvold told Northstar Football News. Lifting weights is a daily occurrence for Sunvold as he looks to get stronger every day. Sunvold comes from a great football pedigree as his dad and uncle, both Mike Sunvold both played college football for the Gophers and his uncle Mike played in the NFL and the Arena football league as well. He credits his strengths as “getting a grip on his opponents and controlling the run game as an offensive tackle” Sunvold says. Sunvold can “wash down a defensive linemen open holes up for his rushing attack. He also has no problem blocking linebackers, blocking in pass protection and has a good knack for tackling on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Best Part About Offensive Line
The best part of Everett as an offensive lineman is “knocking your guy to the ground and knowing you did your job as a teammate”. It’s a “satisfying” feeling getting that pancake Sunvold told Northstar Football News. He calls being in the trenches “something he will always love” and especially when he’s in the trenches with his Knights teammates. He likes the quote for an offensive line that states “always in the trenches, never in the spotlight”-Unknown.
As a Junior, Sunvold ht as a good amount of D-1 interest from the Dakotas. NDSU, SDSU, and UND have all been in contact with Everett. On 10/19, Sunvold took a visit to Fargo to check out NDSU. He said the “atmosphere was amazing. He has another visit scheduled on November 19th to head out to Brookings to check out SDSU. He’s “in the works” of seeing when his visit to UND will be at this time.
Improvements from the Off-Season by Sunvold
After Sunvold’s sophomore year, the St. Michael-Albertville Knights coaching staff said Everett needed to get stronger. Everett told NFN, that he worked “harder than ever” to get stronger for his football family. “I would find myself lifting late at night, as it’s always easier for me to focus at night,” Everett said. Having a full weight set in his basement helped Everett out. He also credits his trainer Niko, who was an avid person who pushed Sunvold to be “best he can be”.Sunvold says he is now “addicted” (in a great way) to working out and lifting. He also changed the foods he was eating, and could feel the difference this season during practices, games, etc. He looks to build even more strength this offseason has he’s committed to weights and more weights to get stronger out on the field.
Everett credits his father, Mike Sunvold for creating his love for football as a 2nd grader. “He drives me now to work hard and give it all I got on the field,” Everett told NFN about his father Mike. Mike has always watched Everett play since youth football and has taught him how to be the best teammate and leader for the Knights team. The biggest thing is Mike taught Everett what “hard work consists of”.
Biggest Things Everett Learned About This Season
One of the big things Everett learned about the game of football this year is it’s “endless memories”. “The bound you to create with your football teammates are next to nothing, it’s a brotherhood”. His St-Michael Albertville Knights all have a great effort for building as a team vs. building around your star players. The last thing Everett told NFN is “you have to coachable to play this game” which I believe is a huge part of the high school football culture across the country.