Four-star cornerback Naijiel Hale committed to the Huskies this morning, the second four-star recruit to make a verbal pledge to UW for this class.
Hale, scheduled to be on his official visit to UW this weekend, had been a longtime commit to Arizona. He is the son of the late rap artist Nate Dogg.
Hale told Scout.com that his first scholarship offer came from Boise State when Chris Petersen was the coach there. Hale said Petersen offered him a UW scholarship when he arrived in Seattle this weekend.
“Arizona had told me they didn’t want me to take the visit this weekend and if I did, there was a good chance they would pull the offer,” Hale told Scout. “I had basically already decided in my head that I was going to go to Washington, so I was taking this visit no matter what. I love it up here and have some strong relationships already in place so I’m thrilled to be a Dawg.”
Hale, out of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., is listed at 5-feet-11, 170 pounds. He is UW’s 20th known recruit for this class, which is now ranked 40th by Scout and 45th by 247sports.com.
“Me and (fellow UW commit) Darren Gardenhire have been talking about playing together forever,” Hale said. “We’ve been talking about this and the two of us along with (UW receiver) John Ross started playing together in the Snoop League since we were 8 or 9. We’re all really tight and it’s going to be great to play together in college.”
“(UW defensive back) Brandon Beaver is my host out here and we’re boys, too. I know a lot of the guys so I have a strong comfort level with the players and the coaches. It’s really nice out here, I like the campus and the facilities a lot. It’s a strong program and I like the direction it’s going. I’m thankful to Arizona for the opportunity they gave me but I just feel like Washington is a better fit for me and this is where I belong.”
Quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels was the first four-star recruit to commit to UW for this class. Carta-Samuels and Hale, presuming they sign with UW on Wednesday, will match the number of four-star recruits Petersen signed in his eight years as the head coach at Boise State.
— NHALE (@YoungNateDogg) February 1, 2014