Wilker sees good fit at MSU, decides to walk on

Belding (Mich.) offensive lineman chose the Spartans over a handful of Division 2 offers. He liked the matching of his style of play with the way the Spartans like to run the ball -- and "bash people"

A self-described fan of “getting after people,” Bryce Wilker saw the ideal fit when he was offered a walk-on spot at Michigan State.

“They like to bash people,” Wilker said. “They like to run the ball and that’s my favorite thing to do is just run and get after people and run it down their throats.”

The Belding (Mich.) offensive lineman accepted the offer Thursday from offensive line coach Mark Staten, electing to walk on at Michigan State instead of accepting a Division 2 scholarship – of which he had a few choices.

”I still went on official visits to some of the D-2 schools and felt that out,” he said. “I think I knew all along that I wanted to go to Michigan State and compete at the highest level.

”Then on Thursday I called him and that’s when I said I’m doing this thing.”

The 6-foot-5, 273-pound offensive lineman received the offer in early December, but took officials to Wayne State, Ferris State, Northwood and Grand Valley State before deciding.

In the end, the opportunity to play at a high level and at Michigan State was too good to pass up.

“I think one of the biggest things was to be able to be coached by Coach Staten,” Wilker said. “He is an awesome guy and Coach Dantonio, he is a great guy, too. It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the Division 1 level, so that played a factor, too.”

Wilker said Staten has discussed him playing the interior offensive line at MSU, with the possibility of playing center.

He said his strengths come in the run game.

“Probably just run blocking and physicality,” he said. “I like to get after people and beat them one on one.”

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