Schreiner takes preferred walk-on spot at MSU

Bethel Park (Pa.) offensive lineman makes choice for the Spartans on his third visit to East Lansing. He talks why he likes Michigan State and being a preferred walk-on.

Michigan State has been looking to load up on the offensive line in the 2014 class and it added another player over the weekend.

Bethel Park (Pa.) offensive guard Casey Schreiner made his decision to take a preferred walk-on spot to MSU official during his official visit Sunday.

"I talked to a few of the preferred walk-on players that are there now," he said. "(MSU offensive lineman) Connor Kruse was my host while I was there and he was a preferred walk-on and he earned a scholarship. He said if you just work hard and you stay out of trouble, it will all work out eventually.

"I kind of like that aspect that I have to earn my scholarship. It will keep me going."

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Schreiner told his family in October that Michigan State is where he wanted to go, so even when potential scholarships came along, he was set.

"Duquesne came in and offered me," he said. "They asked if I would change my mind if they offered me – they asked my coach that – and he said probably not, he's pretty set.

"By the time they came in, I was already decided on Michigan State."

It was the way the program felt during his three visits to East Lansing that made the choice.

"It's really the coaches and the players and the feel of the whole program," he said. "I feel that I'm going to get out what I put in and if I put in enough, it's going to turn into greatness."

Schreiner is the second preferred walk-on in the class, joining The Hun School (N.J.) offensive lineman Andrew Foster – who already is on campus.

He is the sixth offensive lineman in the 2014 class, joining Foster, City College of San Francisco's David Hedelin, St. Charles (Ill.) North's Chase Gianacakos, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central's Brian Allen and Berrien Springs' Nick Padla.

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