Shutdown: Grant’s Junior ATH Nathan Halverson

In today’s day and age of high scoring, fast paced, and pass happy offenses a lockdown corner is now more valuable than ever. Grant High School in Portland, Oregon is home to one of the top cover corners on the west coast, Nathan Halverson. Halverson is every D-Coordinators dream because of his superior tackling ability and his 1 on 1 cover skills. If his last name sounds familiar it’s because his older brother is Portland State bound Daniel Halverson (FB/LB).

In 2011 the Halverson brothers led the Generals to a league championship and an appearance in the state quarter-finals. Although Nathan missed the first few games of the 2011 season due to injury he was still able to come back and dominate, earning second team all-state honors at DB along the way with 2 interceptions and 4 total touchdowns. Offensively Grant used Halverson in a multitude of ways lining him up in the backfield, at the slot, split out wide and as a return man. After watching his film it is very apparent that is he just as dangerous with the ball in his hands.

Last summer at our 1st Annual NEI event at the University of Washington, Nate was spectacular in 1 on 1’s shutting down some of the top WR’s in northwest. After spending some time working with him myself, it is obvious that he understands that hard work is the only thing you can control in life and it’s what separates great players from good. He is also a member of Grant’s state qualifying 4×100 and 4×400 teams which both placed in the Top 8 at the 2011 OSAA State Track & Field championships.

This next season Halverson will be a three-year starter for the Generals, and offensively should play a much larger role after graduating some of their best players; QB Paris Penn, FB/LB Daniel Halverson and WR Jamarr Graves are all committed to the Portland State Vikings. This off-season will be huge for Nathan as his stock will only continue to rise. He’s a class act and a steal for whichever college that he chooses to attend.