The Riverside (Calif.) College linebacker, Daniel Halverson, will join his brother in the Big East..…
FREE: Halverson Explains Commitment
SMU already has one Halverson on its roster, freshman wide receiver Nate, and will soon add his older brother, Riverside C.C. linebacker Daniel Halverson, who verbally committed on Thursday night.
"Once I decided to go JUCO, my little brother Nate told the SMU coaches about me. I sent them my film and Coach (Tom) Mason and Coach (June) Jones watched it," Halverson said. "I talked to Mason afterwards, and I told him if you're offering, I'm committing so I'm really excited about this opportunity."
Halverson was originally part of the Class of 2012 and spent his freshman season at Portland State after being under recruited as a senior at Grant (OR). His only other offers were from Air Force and Yale despite being rated a three-star prospect.
After redshirting, Halverson decided to go the JUCO route and enrolled at Riverside C.C. in July. He will play this season there and earn his associate degree before graduating in December.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder then plans on participating in spring ball on the Hilltop and feels he can make an immediate impact at inside linebacker.
"I feel like I can go in there in the spring and compete right away," Halverson said. "Coach Mason said they were losing some guys who were graduating and that I would be a good fit as an inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense."
The three-star prospect is also excited about playing with his younger brother at the next level.
"It means the world to me to play on the same team as my brother at the college level. It's something we've always dreamed of," Halverson said. "We always talk about it, and I can't wait to step on the field with him. Not only is he my younger brother, but he's also my best friend."
Halverson will have three years of eligibility remaining.
As a senior at Grant, Halverson was named his league's Defensive MVP of the Year after notching over 100 tackles and recording two interceptions. He also spent time at receiver, where he caught 27 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns.
Halverson says he hopes to excel on the field at SMU but also in the classroom.
"SMU is one of the best schools education wise. The academics are great," he said. "It'll definitely prepare me for life after football. I feel like a degree from there is extremely valuable. I'm really excited about the opportunity."
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