Arizona Wildcats football: Cats land a Dogg in secondary with commitment from CB Hale

2013-07-02T19:30:00Z 2013-07-02T19:36:06Z Arizona Wildcats football: Cats land a Dogg in secondary with commitment from CB HaleDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 02, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats defense has a new Regulator. Mount up.

Naijiel Hale, a four-star cornerback from Bellflower, Calif., and the son of the late Hip-Hop great Nate Dogg, committed to the UA tonight. Hale pledged to the UA on ESPNU during The Opening--a high school combine at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.

Nate Dogg, before passing away at 41, was best known for his collaborations on several rap songs including the 1994 hit “Regulate” with Warren G.

The Wildcats are hoping Hale is best known for his football abilities.

The cornerback chose the Wildcats over Cal, ASU, Washington State and Utah.

The Wildcats have been very aggressive pursuing Hale and were long considered the leaders in his recruitment.

He’s rated as a four-star prospect by the Scout.com recruiting service and the 20th best cornerback in the nation. Rivals.com and ESPN.com have him rated as a three-star, while 247sports.com ranked him as a four-star like Scout.

As a junior at St. John Bosco High School, Hale was an all-region and all-league pick and had 53 tackles and four interceptions.

Hale is the 12th known commitment for the 2014 class and fourth defensive pledge. All four defensive players who have committed to the UA are defensive backs.

The California product is also the third four-star recruit to commit to the UA for 2014 joining Salpointe Catholic High School star Cameron Denson and Fresno (Calif.) running back Nick Wilson.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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