Irish reignite relationship with Dale

2015 three-star safety Hunter Dale of River Ridge (Calif.) John Curtis Christian talks about adding a Notre Dame offer to list, and where the Irish stand among his list of contenders.

Over the course of the past two days, Notre Dame has offered two safeties in the class of 2015. Three-star safety Hunter Dale of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis picked up an Irish offer on Tuesday.

"I started hearing from Notre Dame the day after signing day last year, so I was hoping this would happen," Dale said. "We've stayed in touch, so I kind of saw it coming. He likes the way I move in the backfield and how I generate turnovers."

Dale, who doesn't plan to announce his commitment until signing day of 2015, addressed the question of if Notre Dame's offer at this time of year would affect the Irish's chances of landing him.

"It doesn't affect anything that much," Dale said. "It's been one of the schools on my list, and my godfather went there, so I've always liked Notre Dame. I like the academics setup and it's a powerhouse school."

Dale's godfather is former Irish tight end Irv Smith, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1993 NFL draft.

The former Nebraska commit doesn't have a top list yet, but once his senior year concludes he plans to release a top five. On that list is certain to be three programs.

"I don't have any favorites right now, but when I do have my top five, I know that Florida, Oregon and Tennessee will be on it," Dale said. "Those three will also get official visits when I have time to take visits. Probably after the season."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety says a visit to Notre Dame during the season is a possibility.

"When my dad and I were talking with Kerry Cooks, we talked about me coming up for the Notre Dame vs. Louisville game," Dale said.

For Dale, he wants a program that will further develop him on and off the field.

"I want a school that will help me get to the next level and make me a better person," he said. "I want a defense that is aggressive and lets its players play, and Notre Dame definitely does that. I watched them play Michigan and their defense was fun to watch."

Asked which programs are recruiting him the hardest, and Dale rattled off a number of elite programs.

"Nebraska, Notre Dame, Missouri, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Miami and Louisville," Dale said.

Dale is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 88 safety in the class of 2015.

The other 2015 safety to pick up an Irish offer is four-star Kahlil Haughton of Waco (Texas) Midway, who added the offer on Wednesday.

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