March 30, 2012

Steinhauer excited to be a Chippewa

Chelsea (Mich.) defensive tackle Michael Steinhauer committed to Central Michigan on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman was the second commitment for the Chippewas in the class of 2013, as well as the second defensive player in the class.

CMU was Steinhauer's only offer, but he also had strong interest from Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. The Chippewas offered him in late January.

"It was a pretty easy decision," said Steinhauer. "I just talked it over with my parents for a couple minutes and that was it."

The Chelsea native had several reasons for committing to CMU, but like most of the kids who have committed to the Chippewas during the Dan Enos era, it was the coaching staff that stood out to him.

"I was very impressed with the coaching staff and how well I was treated the first time I visited. All the coaches knew who I was and said they were impressed with my film. So it was basically the first impression that got me. I also visited CMU for a spring practice last weekend and the way they practiced was fast pace, with no standing around and great energy."

Along with the spring practice that he came in for, Steinhauer was also in Mount Pleasant for the Junior Day in early February. The only other school that he visited was Bowling Green, a visit that also took place on a Junior Day.

Steinhauer said that he is not looking to visit any other schools at this point. He made it clear that he is committed to the Chippewas, even if he picks up one or more offers from a BCS-level school.

"It has always been a dream to play at a Big 10 school, but to be able to play at the Division 1 level is also something that I have always wanted to do and I think Central fits me the best."

The Chelsea Bulldog junior said that the CMU coaching staff was very pleased when he told them that he was committing to the Chippewas. He added that he has not necessarily heard any specifics about playing time, but he suspects that he will probably get a redshirt during his first year on campus.

"Yes, I think I will probably redshirt, just because I'm so young for my grade. I won't be 17 until September."

Steinhauer, who bears a resemblance in stature and playing style to current CMU defensive tackle Matt Losiniecki, is glad that he was able to make a commitment this early, with just over four months until two-a-days start for his senior season.

"I think it's pretty important because now that I'm committed I can just focus on my team and I don't have to worry about recruiting anymore."

In 2011, Chelsea went 7-2 in the regular season on the way to a SEC-White conference title. In the District Finals, they lost to Adrian, a team that they had beaten in the regular season. Along with Steinhauer, they had three-star running back Berkley Edwards, son of Stan Edwards and younger brother of Braylon Edwards. This fall, they will add three-star quarterback Nate Bossory, who is transferring to Chelsea from Manchester.

"I've been playing with Berkley for 3 years now and we are pretty good friends. It's good to know we have someone like Berk to make the plays that he does. I haven't played with Nate yet, so we will see this upcoming season."

Steinhauer is looking to improve on last season's performance, both personally and as a team. He has made it clear what the goals are for himself and for the Bulldogs as they head into next season.

"I want to get quicker and just get all the little details for my position down before the first game. For my team, I want to win our conference, beat Adrian and make it back to the playoffs."

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