Trip Report - Naijiel Hale

Naijiel Hale had never been to Seattle before, but the 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif. wasn't scared at all when looking at potential risks. After all, he was verbally committed to Arizona, and the Wildcats were going to move on if he took an official visit to Washington. Hale visited, and the 'Cats were true to their word.

"Basically they told me that if I was going to take a visit up to Washington they would move forward with me," Hale told Monday. "To be honest I didn't care because I knew what I was taking the visit for.

So with his future sort of in limbo, he may have had some issues if his official visit to Washington didn't pan out. But it did, and Hale didn't waste a lot of time in committing to the Huskies on his trip. "It wasn't scary," he said. "I knew what to expect because my guys are up there and if they can handle it I can. My brother Jaleel (Wadood) he took a visit and told me all about it. I trusted in him because he's my brother. He told me it would be cool and everything he told me was true. I loved it. I feel really good about my decision."

Brandon Beaver was Hale's host. Any highlights on the visit? "Losing to (Washington DB) coach (Jimmy) Lake in pool, three times in a row," he said with a laugh. "I came close twice. He told me that when I come in the fall I'll be ready for him."

Anything else that stood out to Hale? "Just how beautiful the city was," he said. "Maybe it wasn't as cold as people think it is, or maybe I came on a weekend when it was good, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be with the weather. That was the only thing that was stopping me from easily committing when I was offered."

Hale also got a strong sense for how big football is in the Emerald City via the Seahawks and the 12th Man. "I didn't know anything about it until I committed, and then I saw how many fans they had," he said. "I didn't know it was that big."

The former Wildcat commit jumped onboard with the Huskies during his time in Seattle, and he made his decision public to new UW Head Coach Chris Petersen. "He was fired up about it," Hale said of Coach Pete's decision.

And shortly after that he did was most prospect do nowadays - he delivered the good news to the public via Twitter and Instagram. "I would like to announce that I've decommitted from Arizona and officially a #Washington huskie," Hale tweeted. "I give all the glory to god to even have an opportunity to attend college. #GoDawgs #Bowdown"

Knowing how Petersen shut Twitter down for his players at Boise State, is Hale concerned he won't be able to continue tweeting? "He hasn't said anything, but I'll probably talk to him about it," Hale said. "He's not sure he'll do the same thing he did at Boise State at Washington. I'm hoping he'll give me a pass."

Hale came to Seattle this past weekend on his own, but he said that his family is great with his college choice. "They just wanted me to be 100 percent with my decision."

Naijiel - any words for Washington fans? "Go Dawgs!" he said. "It's going to be a heck of a career for me."

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