NIWOT — Alex Oelsner is getting his shot at playing big-time football.

Entering the fray as a preferred walk-on, Oelsner will get a good look at making the team at Northwestern University. He didn't sign a national letter of intent on Wednesday's Signing Day but he officially committed in late January to join the exclusive ranks in Division-I football.

"Northwestern is a really good school and its big-time football so it was right up my alley," Oelsner said. "I went to a camp and once I got on campus, I knew that's where I wanted to be. The academics were a big part of my decision and it all happened very late so I'm super excited about it."

Oelsner will be playing "super back," which is a combination of halfback, fullback and tight end. It came down to Northwestern and Air Force, but in the end Oelsner felt himself being pulled away from the state of Colorado and over to Northwestern in Illinois. While the Niwot football team has struggled mightily in recent seasons, Oelsner is the second player with Division-I potential to come out of the program in three years.

"I got an offer from Air Force and there were a lot of really appealing things about going to school and playing there," Oelsner said. "I want to major in economics so I felt like Chicago would be a good place for me to do that and I was really impressed with the level of academics at Northwestern."


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Signing national letters of intent at Niwot on Wednesday, senior Kailee Stobbe made it official that she will play women's soccer at Merrimack College. Also signing to play women's soccer at the next level, Madison Barkow inked her way to the University of Northern Colorado.

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