Hale Has High Interest In Oregon

With recruiting in full swing, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Naijiel Hale breaks down one of his favorite schools that hasn't offered him yet.

Already without six offers under his belt, Naijiel Hale, could be in for more offers soon. He has been hearing from Oregon secondary coach John Neal and is expecting a visit from him in the near future.

"(Neal) told me that he would come by and see me like May 4 or 5 to make sure I'm my right size," Hale said.

A physical cornerback who stands at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, Hale and Neal have built a relationship built on conversations about how the four-star athlete would fit into Oregon's defensive system.

"He just said he loves how physical (I am) and he just loves the way that I play," Hale said. "I sent him some highlights of me from a Nike camp and he gave me a couple of tips. " The four-star athlete has been aggressively recruited by Washington State and Arizona specifically, but Oregon remains a school that Hale has strong interest in.

"I have high interest in Oregon," Hale said. "Growing up, that was my dream school. Alongside the uniforms, I like the tradition that they have there and they always have a winning record. They always win 10 games or more."

Hale is close friends with Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas, who has given the junior an idea of the lifestyle around the Oregon campus. Given what he knows, Hale believes he could stay focused playing football in Eugene.

"I think I'd fit in pretty well," Hale said.

With no visits planned at the moment, Hale is getting ready for a big camp over the summer before focusing on his official visits.

"I'm going to be attending the Nike Opening camp in July and then during the season I'll set up my officials," Hale said.

While Hale is looking for a school that will have a strong atmosphere and coaches he feels comfortable with, he is also looking for a school that will have his academic interests in mind. An entrepreneur at heart, Hale is preparing for life just in case the NFL may not be in his future and plans on studying a variety of subjects from business to english and even sports medicine in college.

Hale attributes his drive for success to his late father, rapper Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale. He plans on pursuing a rap career and owning a business if he doesn't play in the league, and also expressed interest in becoming a sports trainer.

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