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Bryce Lance commits to Bison football, gives thanks to his brother

Marshall High School wide receiver follows family path started by Trey Lance to North Dakota State

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Marshall's Bryce Lance heads towards the end zone during a high school football game against Belle Plaine on Sept. 13, 2019. Marshall (Minn.) Independent
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FARGO — North Dakota State football won't be without a Lance next season after all. Bryce Lance, a wide receiver from Marshall, Minn., verbally committed to the Bison on Friday.

"Time to write my own story," he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

"I’m trying to make my own path in sports and as well as in my own life," Lance told WDAY-TV's Dom Izzo. "That’s kind of what I hope Bison Nation supports me as, as my own guy.”

He'll sign his letter of intent on the first day of the NCAA early signing period for Division I football on Dec. 16, following a family path started by his brother Trey Lance. The former Bison quarterback led NDSU to a 16-0 record and an FCS national title last season and declared early for the NFL Draft in October.

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“My brother, he helped me with my decision as well, he was going to support me either way," Bryce said.

Bryce Lance had offers from South Dakota State, Columbia, Princeton and Dartmouth, according to 247sports.com. He's the second Minnesota prep receiver to commit to the Bison this week following Farmington's Elijah Green, who said he's going to walk on to NDSU.

"I think it's more excited now is kind of the new feeling I'm having," Bryce said. "No more stress about my decision."

Bryce Lance is 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and, according to his high school coach Terry Bahlmann, may still be growing.

"We're in distance learning and every time I see him he's gotten taller," Bahlmann said. "He's grown a couple of inches in the last couple of years and I think he's going to fill out and be a 200-pound receiver."

Bryce Lance had 30 catches for 631 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games during his final high school season. He's the school's all-time leader in virtually every receiving category as well as career interceptions with 11.

"He has that ability to make people miss in space," Bahlmann said.

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Trey Lance put up an unprecedented season in Division I FCS football. He completed 192 of 287 passes with 28 touchdowns and no interceptions. He became the first player to win both the Jerry Rice Award that goes to the top freshman and the Walter Payton Award that goes to the best offensive player in FCS.

Bryce and Trey could have potentially played together for the Bison next fall if Trey hadn't decided to turn pro.

“It was definitely always something in the back of my mind for sure, but this was Trey’s best opportunity and he did what was the best for him and I’m going to do what’s best for me," Bryce Lance said. "We both support each other. … That would have been cool.”

Bryce Lance watched Trey lead the Bison to a victory in the FCS national title game last January, making the trip to Frisco, Texas.

"It was a really cool experience," Bryce Lance said.

Trey played in NDSU's one game this fall, a 39-28 win against Central Arkansas. He declared his intent for the draft two days later. Following his older brother is something that hasn't been a big deal over the years, Bahlmann said, mainly because he's done his own thing as a receiver and defensive back.

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"He wanted no part in being a quarterback," Bahlmann said. "He wanted to be a receiver and be Bryce Lance and he's done a great job of doing that. "

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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