Hale impressed on visit

Naijiel Hale visited Arizona this past weekend and came impressed. Read on to see why, where the Wildcats stand, and more.

Attention is nothing new for Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2014 corner back Naijiel Hale.

Hale is the son of a former rapper and is now receiving nation-wide attention for his skills on the football field, as he was recently in Arizona checking out both in-state schools.

"I just got done with visits to Arizona and Arizona State," Hale said. "It was good because I got to check out two good schools over a weekend."

Hale says that the Arizona visit was impressive for numerous reasons.

"The Arizona visit was cool," he said. "I liked the campus and the coaches showed me a lot of love.

"They let me know that they really want me there and they think my skills fit in well in the secondary. They think I bring some versatility back there, which is important in their scheme."

The coaching staff is currently building a relationship with Hale and the corner likes what he has heard so far.

"I'm developing a good relationship with Coach Dews and getting to talk with Coach Rodriguez was fun," he said.

"He's trying to build a family-type program where everybody is competing all the time and early playing time could be available because the best guys play. He let me know they would love for me to become a Wildcat."

Now that Hale has taken some visits, his recruitment his starting to take shape.

"Right now Arizona and California are the two schools that stick out the most," Hale said. "I like the new staff at California and they are definitely interested in me and like the way I fit into what they are trying to do and Arizona has a bunch of good things as well.

"I'm open to other schools, but those two are at the top of my list right now."

Hale plans on staying busy in the meantime.

"I'm going to the Nike camp this summer," Hale said. "I'm looking forward to that because some of the best players will be there and it's a great opportunity to show everyone all my skills against the best.

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