Hale to set official visit date

Naijiel Hale recently decided to slow his recruitment down. Read on for information on the decision, where he will take official visits, and more.

Recently, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Naijiel Hale decided that he wanted to take his recruitment at a slower pace. He took a step back from football and plans to refocus himself in the coming weeks.

"My recruitment has been going good," Hale said. "I stepped away from it for a little bit. I just got out of school and I just wanted to focus on other things besides football.

"I have just been working out by myself until these camps this summer and then I'll be back to it being fully about football."

The corner will be attending at least two camps over the summer in hopes of raising his stock and increasing the interest surrounding him.

"I'm going to the Oregon State camp, The Opening, and I might go to the UCLA camp," he said.

Hale has been consistent in saying that the Arizona Wildcats have been recruiting him the hardest. However, that doesn't mean that other teams aren't in the mix.

"I have to say Arizona is coming after me the hardest, still," he said. "Most schools are coming after me pretty hard. All the ones that have offered me have been calling a lot."

The rising senior took a trip down to Tucson earlier in the spring and came away impressed. He was pleased with the city and the campus during his visit.

"The environment down at Arizona stood out," Hale said. "The coaches are great and I know a few players that are down there. The city was great and I enjoyed my trip down there."

Hale has been on the Wildcats' radar for a while. He has also stayed interested in Arizona with the help of his lead recruiter, Receivers Coach Tony Dews.

"I talk to Coach Dews the most," he said. "He's my main recruiter and he's pretty nice.

"He calls me just about every other day. We talk a lot about just normal things and how life is going. He's just a cool dude from Virginia."

The 5-foot-11 cornerback had previously thought that an early decision could be in the works, but has decided to take his time after slowing down his recruitment. Now, Hale will likely take a few official visits before committing.

"I am probably going to decide late in the season or after the season," Hale said. "I want to take my officials around then as well.

"I'm going to visit Arizona and California for sure, but I'm not really sure about the others."

Arizona and Cal are both sticking out for Hale. He believes both schools are similar, but has yet to see the Golden Bears' campus.

"Both schools have new coaches," Hale said. "I know people at each school. Both are going to do big things, too. The only real difference right now is that I haven't visited Cal, yet."

When he does make the return trip to Tucson and his first visit to Berkeley, Hale has specific details in mind to look out for.

"I just want to find an environment that is going to be good for me," he said. "I can't really focus on weather because I know that a lot of places at the next level, NFL teams don't really have great weather.

"So, I need to focus on the depth charts and the players and who I get along with and other things like that. "


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