Safety Plans on Walking-On

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Butler Grizzlie and Maize native Dylan Schellenberg let numerous opportunities pass by was he decided to accept a preferred walk-on offer....

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Dylan Schellenberg passed on FBS, FCS, and Division II offers for a preferred walk-on role at Kansas State University. The Maize, Kansas native, who played the last two seasons at Butler Community College in El Dorado, said he felt it was just a "good fit."

"It was a great opportunity," said Dylan Schellenberg on joining the Wildcat program. "I'm at a place where I feel like I can make a difference."

Schellenberg, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety, made 59 tackles in 2011, three tackles for loss, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery for the Butler Grizzlies. He started in all 12 games and was named Second Team All-Jayhawk Conference.

"Playing at one of the best JuCo programs in the nation definitely helped get my name out there," Schellenberg said of his experience at Butler. "Coming out of high school nobody really knew me. Becoming a starter at a place like Butler says good things about your game."

Offers for Schellenberg came from UAB, Missouri State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Washburn. Taylor Braet, whose father Steve Braet coaches at Butler, helped bring Schellenberg into the Wildcat program.

"This season I took an unofficial visit [to Kansas State] the weekend they played Oklahoma," Schellenberg said. "I liked what I saw from the defense; the way they play, the formations."

Schellenberg has already transferred in to the university. He'll be eligible to participate in spring practice and hopes to continue to make a name for himself by working his way up the depth chart.

"I have good vision," said Schellenberg of his game. "I have a knack for being at the right place at the right time. I'm always ready to come down and make the big hit."

Schellenburg was a three-year starter in football at Maize High School which is near Wichita. He also played golf, basketball, and baseball.

Already bonding with his new teammates on campus, Schellenberg calls it a "fun group." He'll wear jersey No. 40 for the Wildcats.

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