January 16, 2013

DT Steinhauer has all the makings of a hidden gem

One committed player who has flown under the radar for Central Michigan has been Chelsea (Mich.) defensive tackle Michael Steinhauer. Having committed to the Chippewas prior to his senior season, he was one of the rare instances of a player falling in love with a school early on and making a firm decision.

With his senior season in the rear view mirror, it appears as though CMU received one heck of a steal in the 6-foot-4 and 270 pound Steinhauer. Despite constant double and triple teams from opposing offenses, he was able to rack up 43 tackles, 11.5 TFL, three sacks and an interception that he subsequently returned 58-yards for a touchdown. For his efforts, he was named to the prestigious Detroit Free Press Dream Team and name to the East roster for the 2013 MHSAA All-Star Football Game.

"It was awesome," added Steinhauer on being named to the Dream Team. "I wasn't really expecting it, but it was probably one of the best experiences of my life. The banquet and everything was real cool, and it was a first class event throughout. To be in the presence of the best 22 players in the state was a real honor."

Slated to play defensive tackle for CMU, Steinhauer had a chance to make his official visit to Mount Pleasant on December 8th, along with the majority of committed players. During his visit, he was able to meet many of his future teammates and discuss his role with the team next season.

"Yeah I went up about a month and a half ago, we mostly just chilled and got to know the players in the program. Overall it was a good time, it was a little different than I expected, but my host Matt Losiniecki was real cool and I was able to get to know some guys like Jack Ford. The coaches have mostly said I was going to redshirt next year unless I showed up and really stood out. But a redshirt is likely."

Whether he redshirts or not, the athletic Steinhauer feels he can make an impact at Central Michigan during his career.

"Honestly, I'm hoping it will kind of be like high school," added Steinhauer. "I don't want to brag or toot my own horn too much, but people couldn't really block me in high school even with double and triple teams. After a redshirt year I'm hoping I can build my skills up and get the same results."

He indicated that no other schools have tried to contact him since he committed to the Chippewas last spring, and that he was in attendance for CMU's victory of Western Kentucky in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. Also a talented hoops player for Chelsea, Steinhauer averaged 11.6 PPG last season as the team's starting center.

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