Linebacker Looks for Offer

He's 6-3, 220-pound <b>John Hale</b> from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, the son of a former Bruin football player...

Linebacker prospect John Hale (6-3, 220) from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, had a frustrating start to his recruitment, but it has definitely picked up in recent weeks. Hale has recently received some bigger offers, and is holding out hope another one could come, from the school he grew up rooting for.

"I grew up a Bruin. My dad (Jack Hale) played there in the 60's and I went to UCLA games growing up and had all of the UCLA memorabilia," Hale said. " I would love to put on those colors and run out on that field like my dad did."

The anchor of the Griffins' defense, Hale saw his stock begin to rise in his first season as a linebacker. He was previously a defensive end and tight end but moved to linebacker for his senior year.

"It (recruiting) wasn't going as well as I wanted it to but I had just moved to linebacker this year. But playing for a program like Los Alamitos, and having a pretty good year really helped," said Hale.

Hale has a scholarship offer from Fresno State, as well as from New Mexico State, Idaho and Villanova. Boise State is tripping him in this weekend, indicating they will officially offer him on his visit.

Hale is being recruited by UCLA defensive line coach Don Johnson. On Thursday, UCLA will have an in-home visit with Hale, and an official visit could soon be set up.

"My favorites are Boise State and UCLA. I'm hoping to get the Boise State offer this weekend, and if I trip to UCLA they could offer me then. They are pretty even, but UCLA, that's the school I grew up on and dreamed of playing for."

Hale said he would like to wait until his visits are done before making his decision, and see what all of his available options are. But at the same time, the decision could be made before that.

He visits Fresno State on the 21st of January, and the other two weekends are left unscheduled as of now.

As a senior, Hale was an all-CIF selection to the Division I team after helping the Griffins get to the CIF Division I Finals, where they lost to Long Beach Poly. He teamed with UCLA receiver commit, Jeremy Childs. "Jeremy is an awesome guy and a tremendous teammate. I'd love to be able to play with him at the next level."

Hale recorded 150 tackles and 10 sacks from his linebacker spot, and as a tight end scored four touchdowns on only 7 receptions.

While he said his dad is trying not to push his preference on him, he concedes that his father would love to see him in a UCLA uniform, should the Bruin staff present an offer.

A very good student, Hale has a 3.67 GPA and a 1090 SAT score, easily qualifying him academically.


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