Dale discusses UCLA

UCLA continues to target River Ridge (LA) John Curtis Christian standouts. The Bruins are considered a major threat to lure Curtis 2014 prospects Malachi Dupre, Kenny Young and Mattrell McGraw to the West Coast for college and yesterday UCLA extended an offer to 2015 safety Hunter Dale, who talks about it inside...

UCLA made the acquaintance of Hunter Dale several months ago and things have heated up between the Bruins and the junior safety from nationally-ranked John Curtis Christian.

"I talked to the UCLA coaches during the spring," Dale said. "I know they were at our game last week when we played Karr. Mattrell McGraw and Kenny Young told me they wanted to talk to me, and then their coach followed me on Twitter.

"Later, I called and got the offer from the DBs coach (Demetrice Martin). I like UCLA. I've always liked them. I like the atmosphere and Mattrell and Kenny have talked about how awesome it is out there. When you see their games on TV, you see a winning program with a great home atmosphere. They're not losing at all."

Dale will visit the West Coast next summer.

"Oh yeah," he said, "my dad said we're getting out there. USC is supposed to offer after National Signing Day. We've been talking with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, who is from down here in south Louisiana. He has a thick Cajun accent."

John Curtis takes on St. Augustine tonight in a battle of New Orleans metro area teams that are both ranked in the top 50 nationwide.

"We need to tackle," Dale said when asked about the key(s) to victory versus a team that features the top player in the nation, RB Leonard Fournette.

"I'm feeling very positive about the game. I trust my teammates to do their job. I'm going to do my job."

Dale did more than his job last week, picking off a Devante Noil pass to spark the game-winning drive as Curtis knocked off Edna Karr, which was ranked sixth in the country.

He also had a long kick return against Karr that was wiped out by a questionable flag.

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