The coach of Class of 2014 football recruit Naijiel Hale, son of late rap artist Nate Dogg, said in a Times Warner Cable Sports Channel video that Hale is a perfect fit for Arizona.
“Naijiel is a very physical player at his cornerback position and Arizona’s got a physical-type staff and mentality,” Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco High School coach Jason Negro said in the video.
“The whole bear down attitude that they have is something that really kind of fits his game and fits his playing style. I think it was just a mesh that worked from the beginning.”
Hale, 5-11 and 181 pounds, committed to Arizona on July 2. Rated a four-star athlete by 247Sports.com, Hale chose the Wildcats over ASU, Nebraska, Cal and Boise State.
“(Arizona ) got on him early,” Negro said in the video. “They were one of the first Pac-12 schools to offer (a scholarship).
“I think he really fell in love with the school on the visit there that he had, and I think it will be a good fit for him.”
The merit of approval from Negro is significant inasmuch as he coached St. John Bosco to a No. 1 ranking nationally last season by MaxPreps.com.
Bosco traditionally produces talent that plays for elite college football programs.
Negro’s coaching style fits that of UA coach Rich Rodriguez. Negro utilizes a no-huddle, spread offense and physical and aggressive defense.
WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.