Perhaps no other official visitor on the Hilltop this weekend was more excited to see his future home than Grant (OR) defensive back Nate Halverson. The SMU commit is set to graduate this winter and will arrive in Dallas next month to take part in spring ball.
"I can't wait to get to SMU," Halverson said. "I liked my visit a lot. The campus was really nice, and the facilities were great. The new Nike gear was also a huge plus. The atmosphere around the campus was great, but my favorite part was getting to meet the players. I'm really happy I'm going to SMU."
Joining Halverson in the spring will be SMU's newest commit Deion Sanders Jr. Halverson said he got to bond with Sanders and spent the majority of the weekend hanging out with him.
"I was mostly with Deion Sanders Jr. He was a really cool guy," Halverson said. "We didn't really talk about football, but we will both there in January, and it's going to be fun to play with him. It was also cool to hang out with Kolney (Cassel) for a bit since we are both from the same area."
Hosting Halverson was former Grant and current SMU cornerback Kenneth Acker. Halverson has known Acker since the third grade and can't wait to be reunited with his old pal.
"Kenneth just told me to care of business and not to worry about making the transition to SMU," Halverson said. "He said classes at SMU were challenging, but if I studied hard, I would be fine. I'm really excited to play behind him because I feel like I can look at him as a mentor."
Halverson is listed as a safety but is expected to make the switch to cornerback at the next level. The two-star prospect had an opportunity to discuss this with SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum.
"I talked to all the coaches, but it was nice to meet finally meet Coach Odum since he's my position coach," he said. "I thought Coach Odum was a great guy, and he was really honest. I can't wait to learn from him. I also got to talk to Coach (Tom) Mason of course since he's recruited me. They both said I would make a good corner and return specialist."
But SMU head coach June Jones has a different idea. Although Halverson says he would rather play on the defensive side of the ball, Jones wants Halverson to give wide receiver a try. After all, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder recorded 54 receptions for 1,113 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.
"Coach Jones said he really wants me to play receiver so we'll see," Halverson said. "I thought he was a nice guy, and I liked his laid back attitude, which is great because he's going to be my coach for the next four or five years. He has the same attitude as a lot of people from Portland so I'm used to it."
With only a month left before graduation, Halverson will be working vigorously in the weight room and on the field in order to be ready to play whatever position the SMU coaching staff decides to use him at.
"Right after the season, I took two weeks off," Halverson said. "But last week, I started lifting to get my shoulders stronger. I definitely want to learn some more techniques because SMU runs a lot of quarters and man so I'm working hard."
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