November 2, 2011

Swiss tackle sets Miss. State official

It's not too often that a football player from Switzerland gets an opportunity to play Division-I college football.

In fact, it's never happened. That will likely change next fall as three-star offensive tackle Daniel Glauser eyes becoming the first Swiss player to suit up at that level.

"I started playing football when I was 15 back home," Glauser said. "My coach back home was from Oklahoma and he told me I'd have a chance to play college football. He told me I could be the first Swiss player to play D-I college football so we started sending out my tapes. I had some D-I offers but the NCAA wouldn't take my transcripts so what I had to do was go to a junior college. New Mexico Military contacted me and offered me a full ride so I'm spending three semesters here getting my A.A. degree so I can move on to a D-I school."

Plenty of schools have shown interest in Glauser has he has garnered offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Memphis, Mississippi State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Troy, UTEP and Western Kentucky.

Having sacrificed so much to make his dream into a reality, the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder is glad to see his efforts start to pay off.

"I was scared at the beginning because nobody knew me here," Glauser said. "I had a pretty good freshman season and started all of the games at left tackle. The coaches started sending out my tapes during the spring and things started going pretty good. I started getting I contact with some coaches during the summer and asked for game tapes from this season. I think they liked it and now it's a good feeling to have all these offers."

Glauser is set to graduate from New Mexico Military Institute in December and will enroll at the school of his choice in January. He has taken one official visit to Northern Illinois on Oct. 7 and has two more to Florida State and Mississippi State this month before making his decision.

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