Bryce Fitzner Decides on Purple and 'Grey'

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Bryce Fitzner didn't go out for football at Francis W. Parker, an elite college prep school in San Diego, until his junior year. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound athlete was involved in basketball and volleyball, but decided to get on the gridiron as an upperclassman. Kansas State coaches are thankful he did.

While on campus this weekend, Fitzner received an offer from the Wildcat staff and gave his commitment to play for them on Sunday before leaving to go back to California.

"It felt like home to me," said Bryce Fitzner on his decision. "I got along well with the players. It's a nice college town. I loved going out in Aggieville. The staff was awesome. Coach Dickey, the offensive line coach, wants me to play tackle although I've only played tight end in high school. He likes my frame and thinks I'll be a good fit their in years to come in the program. I'm cool with it. Even though I played tight end, I was primarily used for my blocking abilities. With Coach Dickey's help I think it will be an easy transition. They offered me a grayshirt to come in next January and I accepted it. Coach Snyder's a great guy. We talked quite a bit yesterday and that's when I gave him my commitment."

It's a big commitment for the Wildcat staff as Fitzner is truly and underrated player with plenty of size and plenty of raw talent to develop. He had offers to play tight end in hometown at San Diego State and an offer from Hawaii.

In his second year of football, Fitzner had 141 receiving yards and four touchdowns. On the defensive line, he made 27 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, and two fumble recoveries.

"We didn't do a lot of passing," Fitzner said on his senior year. "I got it thrown to be mostly when we were down in the redzone. We had a great season and made it to the CIF state finals, but lost in the state championship. I continue to learn the game and hopefully improve each season."

As a senior, Fitzner was named second team All-Coastal League. He's currently playing center on the Lancers basketball team where he averages 10 points and eight rebounds per game.

Fitzner said he will likely stay in Southern California to attend a local junior college train until it's time for him to go to Manhattan in January 2014. He's looking to get back up to the Little Apple as soon as he can.

"I'm a big fisherman," he said. "They told me they have some good fishing up in Kansas. I'm looking forward to seeing what they have."

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