Monday, February 4, 2013
Bryce Fitzner agrees to grayshirt offer
By Erik McKinney
In a little more than 15 months, Bryce Fitzner (San Diego/Francis Parker) went from never having played football to an FBS recruit. Now, he'll need to use the rest of this year to prepare himself for big time college football, because he is headed to the Big 12.
Fitzner collected a scholarship offer from San Diego State, but this past weekend, the 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end took an official visit to Kansas State. On Monday, he took the Wildcats up on their scholarship offer, contigent upon a grayshirt year.
Fitzner will attend a junior college of his choice this fall, then begin classes at Kansas State in January 2014.
Francis Parker head coach John Morrison confirmed Fitzner's commitment.
"He's an interesting story," Morrison said of Fitzner. "He never played any football until August of his junior year. He made huge improvements from last year to this year and there is so much upside because there is very little wear and tear on the tires."
Morrison said Kansas State views Fitzner as a future offensive tackle, but he was asked to play tight end this season and finished the season with eight receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns.
A standout basketball and volleyball player, Morrison said Fitzner possesses tremendous feet and great bloodlines. His father played basketball at Stanford and his mother played volleyball at Hawaii. Fitzner also has a younger brother, Evan Fitzner, who is already a national basketball recruit for the 2014 recruiting class.
"He was good enough for us to play tight end this year," Morrison said. "At the next level at offensive tackle, he's going to get bigger and stronger. His upside is very positive."