Saline senior Bryce Wolma, son of Doug and Beth Wolma, considered offeres from D1 colleges all over the country but in the end, he’s going where he always wanted: The University of Arizona.
Wolma, a 6’4, 235-pound tight-end who was a three-year starter at Saline, fielded offers from Illinois, Colorado, Bowling Green, and Tennessee. He even committed to Northwestern at one point. But once he received the offer from Arizona and coach Rich Rodriguez, he knew he’d found a home.
“It’s an incredible feeling. This whole recruiting process has been crazy from start to finish, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t take it for granted at all,” Wolma said. “Arizona is always where I wanted to be. Having the opportunity to play at the next level is a dream come true.”
Arizona was one of the first big schools to recruit Wolma. Wolma had a personal connection with coach Rodriguez and his son, Rhett, from when Rodriguez coached Michigan and Rhett attended Saline Middle School. In the end, it was the relationships with Arizona’s coaches that was the difference.
“I had a strong relationship with Coach (Rich) Rodriguez from the start. When they moved out to Arizona I stayed in contact. I began to start good relationships with their position coaches as well,” Wolma said.
Arizona coaches like Wolma for the same reason’s Saline coaches did.
“They like my versatility at the tight end position. They see me just like I was in my senior year in Saline, on the line blocking, but they like how I can split out and play in open space, too,” Wolma said.
Wolma is one of last remaining Hornets from the team that went to Ford Field to play in the state championship game. Still, he chose a senior year moment as a memory to highlight.
“I’d say my favorite moment was this year, beating Bedford. That game was crazy from start to finish. We were pretty evenly matched. We ended up going down in the final minute. It was 4th-and-10 from our own 20 and we got a 40-yard pass and setting up the game winning field goal,” Wolma said. “That’s something I’ll always remember.”
For all the great moments Wolma experienced, it’s the relationships he built that he’ll take with him from Saline.
“I made a lot of relationships with my friends and teammates, and that’s something we used to our advantage,” Wolma said. “That’s something I’ll take to Arizona. I’ll try to build relationships with those guys early on.”
He finished his senior year with a team-leading 48 receptions, 694 yards and six touchdowns. In his three years on varsity, the football team had a 33-4 record.
Saline coach Joe Palka said Wolma is the most skilled tight end he’s ever coached.
“Bryce has been such a dominant contributor for us for three years. I have coached some good tight end and he is the most versatile and skilled,” Palka said.
Palka believes Arizona has plans to get the most out of Wolma.
“I think Arizona is looking to expand the tight-end role in part because of signing Bryce,” Palka said.
Wolma said he’s ready for the next big step in his football career.
“I’m really ready. I’m excited to go out there. They’re going to be a lot bigger and a lot faster, but I think I’m up for the challenge for sure,” Wolma said.
Wolma hasn’t decided on a major, but is planning to study in the field of business or business management.