Newsport Beach (California) Harbor long snapper Alex Michaelsen has committed to TCU. The 2017 prospect had offers from Cal, Oregon State and San Jose State throughout the process.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect was on campus last weekend.
“The relationship started not too long ago, Coach Russell reached out to me a few weeks back,” said Michaelsen in a message to Scout. “Coach Dykes and his previous special teams coordinator Coach Tommerdahl (who offered me when he was at Cal) recommended me and Coach Russell liked what he saw and we moved forward and I visited this past weekend and absolutely loved it.”
Rubio Long Snapping ranks Michaelsen the No. 22 long snapper in the country.
“Michaelsen did really well at the Rubio Long Snapping VEGAS XXIX Event on January 14-15, 2017. He is one of the most consistent Long Snappers in the country. Every snap with Michaelsen, is the same,” said Rubio Long Snapping. “Body is maturing really well and he is beginning to look more and more like a college athlete. Moves well on his feet and can be a factor in punt coverage. The more confidence he has with his snaps will push him up even higher up the rankings. He will be as good as he wants to be.”
Michaelsen plans to hit campus before the start of fall camp.
“The plan is to redshirt, however, I plan on being 100 percent ready to play in case I’m needed to play freshman year,” said Michaelsen. “The plan is to be a preferred walk-on for my first year as a redshirt and then win the job next year, thus earning a scholarship.”
Michaelsen went on to talk about the trip to TCU.
“The culture of the school and football program made me feel very comfortable,” said Michaelsen. “The coaching staff made me feel at home. I loved everything about it.”
Michaelsen could have committed to Cal on National Signing Day, but the Bears had not yet named a special team's coach. He decided to wait for other opportunities to open up.
"It worked out really well," said Michaelsen.