After a year at Portland State, Daniel Halverson decided to go the JUCO route in order to improve his chances of playing football at the FBS level.
Halverson was all set to play for Riverside C.C. this fall, but his plans fell through due to personal issues, and he never played a down for the Tigers. Instead, Halverson, who committed to SMU just before leaving Riverside C.C. in August, enrolled at Lane C.C. in Eugene, where he is earning his Associate's Degree.
Lane C.C. does not have a football team so Halverson has spent most of his time working out with a personal trainer and his roommate T.J. Daniel, who is a sophomore defensive end at Oregon.
"Things just didn't work out (at Riverside C.C.). There were some issues, and it just wasn't what I was promised," Halverson said. "I'm focused on earning my degree now and keeping in shape. I've been training with T.J. Daniel and my personal trainer every day. We've been working a lot on cones, ladders and explosive drills."
Halverson says he can't wait to get back on the gridiron soon and is looking forward to joining the Mustangs in the spring after graduation in December. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker will be on the Hilltop in a few weeks for his official visit and hopes to get a more in-depth look at his new home.
"I was talking to Coach (Tom) Mason last week, and we talked about my official visit. I'm going to be down there for the Uconn game," Halverson said. "I'm looking forward to just seeing the campus and the facilities. I just want to get a better feel for everything."
When it comes to his commitment, Halverson is completely solid.
His brother, Nate, is a freshman wide receiver at SMU and Halverson says he can't wait to suit up with his sibling. Halverson is expected to come in and compete for time at inside linebacker in SMU's 3-4 defensive scheme.
"I'm not interested in any other school. For me, a degree from SMU is a lot better than most other schools," Halverson said. "I can't wait to be with my brother. He loves the school and the team. We've been playing together since elementary school. It's definitely going to be special playing with him again."
Another reason his commitment is so strong is his relationship with Mason.
"He's been recruiting since my sophomore year at Grant so I know him well. We've been talking every other week about my classes and making sure everything is going to transfer over, and it looks good right now.
"He told me that he could have really used me against Temple, which was cool. I love Coach Mason as a coach. Playing for his has been long overdue. I'm just excited to play for him and SMU."
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