Halverson Likes Utah

The 48th ranked middle linebacker in the country, Daniel Halverson, turned an impressive performance at the Opening into increased interest around the country...

Portland (OR) Grant linebacker Daniel Halverson's recruitment got off to a slow start, but his performance at The Opening in June has increased his stock and seen multiple new teams inquiring about his services.

"My recruitment has been picking up a bit. I think The Opening definitely helped a lot. Right now I'm just waiting to see what other offers are coming. There are a couple schools that want to see my first couple of games before offering."

Halverson currently sports offers from three schools in Air Force, Yale, and Portland State and could be picking up a new one in SMU shortly.

With only the three offers, but more possibly on their way, the 6-2, 232 pound linebacker is hesitant to name a favorite, wanting to keep all options open.

"Washington was my favorite about a month ago, but I lost contact with them, so I wouldn't say that I have a favorite. I'm pretty open at this point."

Halverson has expressed an interest in staying in the Pac 12 area and has been in contact with the Utah coaching staff.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from them and have been talking to Coach Polizzi. Utah is a great program and I like how they're in the Pac 12. I'd get to come home when they play here almost every year and it's not too far from home. I love their program. It's great."

The versatile Halverson is being recruited on both sides of the ball and could end up playing one of a number of positions at the next level.

"I'm being recruited mostly at linebacker, but there are a few that are looking at me on offense. I play fullback and running back in our spread offense so I'm in the slot a lot."

With an offer from an Ivy League school in Yale, education is proving to be of the utmost importance to Halverson when making his decision.

"Definitely the education. Number one is always going to be the education. Then the coaches and the relationship I have with them. Make sure that they want me and I want to be there. Also the program. I want to go somewhere where they win and can get to a championship."

Not wanting his decision to interfere too much with his senior year, Halverson would like to make a decision in the next two months, but could end up waiting longer for the right school.

"I don't wait to wait it out until signing day. I'd like to decide by the end of September after my first couple of games and see what coaches are saying and where my offers stand and then I'll go from there."

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