In just a few short days, Nate Halverson will depart from Portland and over 2,000 miles later, he will land in Dallas to begin his collegiate football career.
The Grant (OR) product committed to SMU last May and immediately knew he wanted to graduate early in order to enroll in spring of 2013. That date is here and Halverson has worked tremendously to keep his plan intact.
"I'm definitely excited to get to SMU. I've been getting butterflies here and there, but I'm excited to move. My family is really happy for me," Halverson said. "In high school, we were babysat. I know college is going to be a bigger responsibility, and I'm ready for it."
Halverson will receive his diploma on Friday afternoon and is expected to be on the Hilltop just two days later.
The two-star prospect knows he will be living in Boaz Hall, an all freshman dorm, but still needs to speak with his recruiter and SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason about enrolling in classes, which start the day Halverson walks the stage.
"I talked to Coach Mason last week. We got all my transcripts in and everything is ready with that, but I still need to pick out my classes," Halverson said. "He said we would talk more this week so I can get in classes."
At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Halverson will line up at cornerback for the Ponies next season and will get a head start by having the opportunity to participate in spring football.
I think getting to SMU early is really going to help me a lot with camaraderie with my teammates and coaches," Halverson said. "I'm going to be playing behind Kenneth Acker, and he's going to be my mentor so I think he's going to help me get adjusted to everything.
"I've been training hard these last few months. I took it easy for the first couple of weeks after the season but now, I've been working with a personal trainer. I've been doing more speed workouts, but I feel like I have to improve my technique so I can make an impact."
Halverson originally chose SMU over offers from Montana and Portland State, but Oregon State made a late run and offered in December. But by then, it was too late. Halverson has always had his heart set on becoming a Mustang.
"When Oregon State offered, I never thought twice about it. SMU is the place for me, and I would have never committed so early if I though otherwise," he said. "SMU has such a beautiful campus and the team is on the rise. The Hawaii Bowl win was an early Christmas gift, and I can't wait to be a part of it."
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