May 17, 2011
Calif. DE pulls down offer from Army
Last month, GoBlackKnights.com reported that the recruiting for defensive end Steve Michaelsen was just starting to pick up and it shouldn't be too long before he registers his first collegiate football scholarship offer.
Well, a few weeks later or more specifically, this past Friday, the 6-foot-4, 235 pound prospect indicated that he received his first college offer.
For so many prospects, pulling down a full scholarship offer is one of the reasons that they work so hard. Such rewards for their committed efforts, as well as their dedication is often shared by their parents and other family members, as Michaelsen witnessed firsthand when Army made it clear they wanted him to become a Black Knight
it brought tears to the eyes of his mother.
"Coach Saddat came down on Friday and he extended the offer to me," Michaelsen shared with GBK.
"He came down and visited my home
He was there for about two hours. Right before he had to leave, he starts talking about the recruiting process and the things you have to do to get into West Point. Then he said that he was giving me an offer to play football at Army. At that point I was in shock and I could see he was expecting me to say something, but I was in shock."
For the big defensive end, it was a moment that he carry with him for a very long time.
"It was a great moment," he confirms. "I was there with my mom, step dad along with a family friend
and at that moment, my mom started to cry a little."
When asked about his interest in the Black Knights, Michaelsen, who holds a 3.5 GPA, did not hesitate to express where he stands with Army.
"My interest in Army is high and you have to respect the school that offered you first. I'm not ready to commit just yet, but it is a great school and a really up and coming program."
Although Army is his first offer, Michaelson is optimistic that others may be forthcoming and is hearing from several other programs as well.
"I talked to Coach Neal of Oregon and they want me to come to a camp this summer and hopefully earn a scholarship," he stated yesterday.
"Today I actually talked to an Oregon State coach, Cal Poly, Idaho and last week a Penn coach, along with Air Force reached out. Also I have been speaking to Washington. My head coach thinks that Air Force and Cal Poly are probably going to make an offer soon and San Diego State wants me to attend their camp."
So does Michaelsen have any plans on visiting Army? "They want me to come later in the year or come out to the Army-Navy game, so yes I plan on doing that."
When it comes to his level of interest in the various colleges, Michaelsen All schools are medium level, but indicated that Oregon, Army and Washington are the higher on his list. "Oregon is recruiting me hard, along with Army," he concludes.
When it comes to the Black Knights, Michaelsen is being recruited as a defensive end and he indicated that he stays in touch with Coach Saadat on a regular basis.
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