Hale Blossoming In Spring

The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback, Naijiel Hale, has six offers and is performing well at camps...

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Naijiel Hale (5-10, 178), is sitting on a half-dozen offers already.

And the four-star thinks that a quartet of Pac-12 schools could be close to adding to that total.

"I have six offers from Boise State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Nebraska and Washington State," said Hale. "And I'm hearing from Utah, Oregon, UCLA and USC."

Hale got his first offer from Boise State, a relief and a thrill at the same time.

"When Boise State offered, I was just really happy," said Hale. "I couldn't wait to tell people. It was kind of a big relief."

Since the Broncos offered, five more have come in, and it was an offer from outside the West that really stood out.

"I'd say Nebraska was the first offer that really opened my eyes because it wasn't a West Coast school and they've always been good," said Hale. "A couple of my offers were surprises but that was a big one."

Hale remembers wondering if any offers would come in. That problem no longer exists.

"Before, when I had no offers, I was just waiting patiently to see if they would come," said Hale. "Then the first one came and I thought more would. I'm just taking the recruiting process day by day. It's helped my confidence tremendously. Getting those offers and having that off my back has helped my game more."

Hale has performed well so far this spring, earning all-tournament honors at the NLA Elite 7on7 and all-camp honors at the Los Angeles NFTC.

His play at corner is causing more schools to take a closer look.

"Schools like me as a corner and that's what I want to play at the next level," said Hale. "I expected to perform well wherever I've gone. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well."

Hale said he's wide open at this point, anxious to see what other offers come in and eager to check out some schools.

And he's not opposed to leaving the West for college.

"I might leave because staying home isn't that important," said Hale. "I just want a good education first and a place to play football at a school that will help me get to the next level."

Hale is sporting a 3.0 and will take the SAT and ACT in May.

In terms of camps, Hale is willing to take in a few.

"I'll probably go to a few camps and some junior days and then play in some more 7on7 tournaments," said Hale. "I'm just trying to work hard and get better. I'm 178 right now, but I want to be at least 185 this season. I want to have a big year."

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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