Louisiana Safety Excited by UCLA

Louisiana 2015 safety Hunter Dale has racked up offers from every region of the country. Which schools are coming at him the hardest? Is he ready to narrow down his list?

It's a tradition at River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian for prospects to wait and commit during their senior year, and Hunter Dale isn't in a rush to end his recruitment.

"UCLA, Nebraska, Tennessee, Tulane, Florida, Ole Miss, Indiana and Miami are all showing a lot of love," Dale said. "I'm being told by coaches that they haven't seen a safety move like me, that I'm the top safety on their board, and they want me to take a visit.

"They're telling me they don't see how I'm not the number one safety in the nation. Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) from UCLA is saying that, Coach (John) Neal from Oregon is saying that, and the coaches at Indiana, Penn State and Nebraska."

UCLA was able to lure linebacker Kenny Young from John Curtis, despite a late push from LSU. Where do the Bruins stand with Dale?

"I like UCLA, Florida and Nebraska," Dale said. "I don't have a list of favorites, though. I do love UCLA and can't wait to get out there and visit.

"I'm thinking about visiting UCLA, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Florida this summer but I'm not sure yet where all I'll go. I'm not sure about official visits. Kenny said I'll just have to take my visit to UCLA - that there's so much to tell me about it that he wouldn't be able to explain it all."

Dale hits second in the batting order for the Curtis baseball squad, which is 17-4 on the year.

"We have 12 games left in the regular season," he said. "I had a double against Pineville that brought in two runs and put us up by a lot. That was rewarding because I hadn't been able to get a hit earlier during that tournament.

"I had a big double against Slidell in the first inning that got us a run. I usually will steal second base after I get a hit, and then it depends on whether I'll try to steal third."

Dale hasn't been caught stealing this year.

"I'm just working hard," he said, "trying to get invited to the Under Armour or U.S. Army game. We'll start football either the second week of May or whenever the baseball team finishes with the playoffs."

John Curtis has been ranked in the Scout Top 50 each of the past two years. The Patriots, national champions in 2012, have captured more state titles than any other Louisiana program.

Dale had eight of his team's 13 interceptions last year. He'll get the chance to swipe even more passes with cornerback Terrence Alexander (Stanford) and safety Mattrell McGraw (Oregon) departing for college.

The junior had a colossal game versus Evangel Christian in last year's Division II semifinals, returning a blocked field goal to paydirt and intercepting two passes as Curtis rolled, 40-6.

Dale added another pick the following week versus University Lab. He has played on three straight state championship teams.

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