Has Halas Gone 'Soft' On UTEP?

At this time last year, Victor Valley (Calif.) College linebacker Justin Halas (6-3, 241) was all set to play for the University of Texas-El Paso. But after failing to qualify academically he decided to attend Victor Valley College.

He still might attend UTEP. The key word is ‘might.'

"I'm trying to see some other options right now," said Halad.  "I'm a soft commit to UTEP, but I want to see if there are some other, bigger schools."

Some of the other schools who have been showing interest in him include Arizona State and Fresno State while he's also holding interest himself in USC and San Diego State.

Halas could conceivably be on a major college campus this fall, but he's set on staying at Victor Valley one more season to see just what options become available.

"UTEP is trying to get me to come now but I'm choosing to stay," said Halas.

With good size, Halas said he'd prefer to play middle linebacker in college though he could play outside linebacker if necessary.  There is also the possibility of playing defensive end at the next level.

Halas runs a 4.7 forty so he has good speed too.

He prepped at Serrano High in Phelan, Calif., where he was the CIF Division VIII Defensive Player of the Year and an all-CIF pick.  He had 85 tackles during his senior season for Serrano.

His plan now is to graduate from Victor Valley in December with an A.A. and that same month, make a decision on where he plans to attend college.


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