Kicker fulfills dream with verbal to Kansas

Growing up a fan of the University of Kansas, Grapevine (TX) High School kicker Alex Mueller always knew where he wanted to play college football. Thursday, Mueller saw that dream become reality when he accepted a scholarship offer from Head Coach Turner Gill and the Jayhawks.

Alex Mueller has long known his athletic future lie with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Growing up in Grapevine, Texas, the 5-foot-11 kicker nevertheless bled Crimson and Blue – a fact easily attributed to his father's roots in the Sunflower State and own devotion to the Jayhawks.

So when it became apparent he had the talent to play at the major conference level, Mueller began attending summer kicking camps at the University of Kansas, in the hopes of earning a scholarship.

While on campus in June, he discussed just that possibility with Jayhawks special teams coach Aaron Stamn. And while they didn't have a scholarship available for him at the time, the first-year coach preached patience.

Thursday that patience paid off in a big way, as Mueller was not only offered a Kansas scholarship – he accepted on the spot.

"I was patient and KU has been my dream school to go to, so I lucked out," the talented Texan told "They chose me, so I lucked out."

Mueller has already had a noteworthy career at Grapevine High School, hitting nine out of 12 attempts last season as a junior and two of three thus far in 2010.

Even more impressive, however, is his penchant for stepping up when the game is on the line. In the past two seasons, Mueller has connected on three game-winning kicks – two in 2009 and one already this season.

He'd be lying if he said he didn't feel the pressure in those moments, he said. Even so, there's no doubting the newest Jayhawk has ice water running through his veins.

"I'd like to say that I am (used to the pressure)," Mueller said. "But still after those three I've hit, it's still nerve-wracking because my team plays the whole game, giving all their effort. I have to come through for them."

With his commitment on the books, Mueller hopes to make an official visit to Lawrence in the months ahead, likely in December or January. Top Stories