Hale has new co-leaders

DB Naijiel Hale

Fast rising Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive back Naijiel Hale has made some changes to his leader board and is hoping a big local offer could come soon.

Naijiel Hale has had a great winter and has established himself as one of the top cover corners in the west region. He looked very good at the NLA Las Vegas 7 on 7 showing his rare combination of toughness, quick feet and ability to turn and run with just about anyone.

On the recruiting front, Hale recently mentioned Nebraska was his top school due to his relationship with the coaches and passionate fan base but he has made a significant change at the top of his board now.

"California and Arizona are my top two schools now," Hale said. "I sat down and looked at everything and I just really feel good about those two programs. I like the new coaches and the new direction at both programs. Cal has a new staff this year and Arizona is a year old and I like what both are saying right now.

"They're both starting out and want a new beginning and it would be fun to help turn those schools around. I really think and believe both schools are going to move in the right direction, they're bringing in something new and I feel really good about them."

Nebraska is still heavily in the mix and Hale said he's still hopeful a big local offer could come soon.

"I'm still hearing USC could be close to offering," Hale said. "We'll have to see in a couple of days but it sure feels like it could happen. If they offer, they'll be very high on my list. I had a great time at their Junior Day and they need defensive backs.

"I was looking at UCLA early on too but I haven't heard as much from them and they brought in a lot of DBs last year. USC has a big need there and I know I could help them so I'm just going to go through the process here and see how it all plays out."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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