Hale looks good at Junior Rank Combine

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco really benefited last season from some talented transfers including standout defensive back Naji Hale.

Naji Hale was one of three players from Bosco who transferred in from Lakewood (Calif.) last fall. Hale made an immediate impact at corner and showed at the recent Junior Rank combine that he could be one of the state's best at his position next fall.

"I was very happy with my performance," Hale said following the combine. "I felt good out there, no one caught a ball on me and I had some picks and did my thing. It felt good to do what I do and hopefully I opened some eyes out here."

Hale had a solid junior season totaling 49 tackles and three interceptions last year for one of the state's top teams. With the majority of the roster coming back, the Braves should be one of the favorites in the rugged Pac 5 division next year.

On the recruiting front, Hale is still waiting for his first offer but is hearing from a handful of programs.

"I'm hearing from Oregon, Northwestern, UCLA and I've also been emailing a lot with Washington," Hale said. "I'm going to try and go to Washington's Junior Day and I plan to camp with UCLA and Oregon too.

"Oregon is my top school right now, growing up, that was always my team. I love the way they play and just like everything about that program. I'm trying to find a place where I can come in and play as a true freshman, that's a big goal for me. I'm also looking for a school where I'll be comfortable and fit in well with everyone."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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