May 1, 2011

DE, Michaelsen is hearing from the Black Knights

For defensive Steve Michaelsen, his recruiting is just starting to pick up and it shouldn't be too long before he registers his first collegiate football scholarship offer.

Presently, the 6-foot-4, 235 pound prospect indicated that he is hearing from Army and Colorado, along with several schools out of the Pac-10.

"I'm getting letters from UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington, but I haven't had much time to do much visiting because of track," says Michaelsen, who participates in the weighted events … the discus and shot put.

When it comes to Army, it is clear that the Black Knights have taken a serious interest in Michaelsen.

"I've talked to coach Saadat of Army," he says. "I spoke to him about a week ago and he was talking about the football program, West Point and where he saw me playing … he mentioned DE and linebacker."

Michaelsen is quick to point out that he is comfortable playing either position and experienced playing both at Newport Harbor (CA) Newport Harbor High School. "My sophomore I played linebacker and last year I played defensive end," stays Michaelsen.

"At the next level I could see myself at outside linebacker in a 3-4 or defensive end if I played in a 4-3."

Michaelsen continues his conversation by turning his attention back to Army. "I'm learning more about Army (West Point). "I'm definitely interested in learning more because it's a great opportunity both academically and athletically."



So what is the up and coming defender looking for in a school? "Somewhere I can succeed both academically and athletically, along with seeing playing time," says Michaelsen, who currently maintains a 3.5 GPA and finished last season with approximately 55 tackles and 4 sacks.

And what about the possibility of playing on the East Coast?

"I have no problem with going away and it's something that I am really considering … just to have that experience, declares Michaelsen"

No matter where he ends up playing his college ball, someone will be getting a quality defender who can make things happen. "I'm quick off the ball and a motor that doesn't stop until the play is over. I really like the style of play of Green Bay Packers' linebacker, Clay Matthews. He has been pretty inspiring. He walked on at USC and now one of the most unstoppable players in the NFL."

As previously mentioned, when the football shoes are put away, Michaelsen's pulls out his track gear where shows of his talents in the weighted events.

"I'm the number one shot-putter for juniors in California and my best is 173' 10", shared Michaelsen.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Michaelsen's recruiting throughout the summer and his upcoming senior year.


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