Chelsea High defensive tackle Michael Steinhauer was offered by Central Michigan over a month ago. The 6'3, 260-lb junior waited a little bit, but ultimately felt his rapport with Dan Enos and the Chippewa staff was too tough to beat.
"The coaching staff was easily the best I've seen out of all the MAC schools and when I went up there for junior day, everyone knew my name and talked about how good my film was and everything. I was just really impressed with their program."
Steinhauer, also an outstanding varsity basketball player, was something of a sleeper the Chippewas uncovered, but did have interest from a couple of other programs.
"I didn't have any other offers, but I was hearing from Northern Illinois and Bowling Green."
With the ability he shows on tape, there is little doubt other programs would have jumped into the picture, and thus, the Chippewas were happy to have him locked up this early.
"They were very pleased," Steinhauer says. "They've kind of been waiting for me for the past couple months. They're happy about it."
As far as early contributions, Steinhauer says he doesn't necessarily expect to play early, partly because of his age.
"I would assume they would redshirt me, because I'm still 16. I don't turn 17 until September."