Dale wants to play both sports

Nebraska has a program in place to approach dual sport athletes -- football and baseball -- that works well. Nebraska has already broken out the talk about playing both sports in Lincoln with this athlete.

Hunter Dale from River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian was busy this spring. The standout defensive back had football practices, but only about a week's worth since the John Curtis baseball team had such a strong season.

"I only had one week of spring practices," Dale said. "Our baseball team made it to the state championship. When we are in baseball and football we play baseball and watch football practices.

"We made it to the state championship and lost. We only lost seven games all season. We won either 36 or 38 games. I can't remember exactly."

Dale, the No. 55 rated safety in the nation according to Scout.com, wants to try his hand at both sports in college. He has had conversations with a few schools already about that possibility.

"Yes it is most definitely. I've already spoken with some schools about playing both sports in college. I have spoken with Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon and Florida about playing both sports. I play outfield, third baseman and first baseman."

The three-star recruit describes himself as a ballhawk first and foremost. He also says that he will come down and support the run as well. Dale says that he plays three spots in high school, but colleges see him playing at two possible spots at the next level.

"I'm a ballhawk. I am definitely a ballhawk, but I can come down hill and hit you too. I move between the free safety, strong safety and cornerback positions. I'm hearing from schools that they like me at either strong safety or free safety. I will play wherever a team needs me to play."

Dale is well into the double-digit offer total and he is planning on taking his five official visits mid-season. He wants to really get to know the coaching staff and understand if he can feel at home there.

"I am up to 21 offers right now. I plan on figuring out which five schools I will officially visit and I will take my visits to those schools in the middle of my season.

"On my visits I really want to see what type of a head coach and assistant coach since I will be there for four or five years. I am also going to be looking at where I feel most at home."

A couple of Nebraska commitments have been working Dale. One commitment is from the same area and the other is a defensive back. It's been quite the tag team duo.

"I have been talking with Kendall Bussey and Eric Lee and they are both committed to Nebraska. They have been telling me how awesome Coach Charlton Warren the defensive backs coach is.

"They also say that I really need to take a visit because it's great there. They say that I have to see it for myself."

There are some visits on tap for Dale this summer before his five official visits. He says that these schools that he will visit this summer might also get one of his five official visits this fall as well.

"I am going to visit UCLA, Ole Miss, Miami and Tennessee this summer," Dale said. "Because I am visiting these schools this summer doesn't mean that I won't take an official visit there too. I just want to see some different areas."

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