Army All-American Visiting UW Late

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With only three cornerbacks on scholarship, Washington is on the lookout for top corners to help round out the 2014 recruiting class. There are opportunities galore, and someone who is intrigued with the Huskies is Naijiel Hale, a 5-10, 183-pound corner prospect from St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif. The Arizona commit is taking one last official visit before shutting down the process.

St. John Bosco is where Keith Price and Will Shamburger played their high school ball, and Hale said he knows a lot of the current SoCal Huskies. "I know plenty of people," Hale told Wednesday. "I know Troy Williams, I know Dwayne Washington, John Ross, Keishawn Bierria, Brandon Beaver, (Marcus) Peters - I know a lot of 'em."

Hale, the son of the late rapper/singer Nate Dogg, committed to Arizona last summer, and has taken official visits to Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah. With this coming weekend the last weekend before Signing Day, the Wildcat commit is taking an official visit to Washington.

"I'm just going to check it out," Hale said, matter-of-factly.

With spots open at cornerback, the new UW staff has made the defensive backfield a priority. Hale, who was a 2014 US Army All-American, would certainly have a chance to compete for immediate playing time. Washington Defensive Backs Coach Jimmy Lake is the coach running point on Hale's recruitment.

What is Lake telling Hale about the opportunities available at UW? "He's just recruiting me just like any other recruiter would," Hale said. "He's just recruiting me."

How does Hale describe his playing style? "I don't know," he said. "I just play football. I just play."

Hale added that he will be visiting Washington by himself. The only official visit where his family joined him was to Arizona.

Does Hale still consider himself committed to the 'Cats? "I'm still committed to Arizona," he said.

We'll have more from Hale after his official visit to UW.

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