Arizona Football Recruiting: Wildcats Land Naijiel Hale

On Tuesday, 2014 four-star cornerback Naijiel Hale committed to the Arizona Wildcats. Hale’s commitment marks the 12th verbal commitment for the Wildcats and he is the fifth cornerback to commit.

The other teams that offered at Hale, but did not get his commitment were the Arizona State Sun Devils, Boise State Broncos, California Golden Bears, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Utah Utes, and Washington State Cougars.

Sept. 15, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez looks on after the game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats beats the Bulldogs, 56-0. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It should be no surprise that Hale chose to commit to Arizona because 15 of the 16 recruiting experts on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball picked the Wildcats to land the Bellflower, California native.

Naijiel Hale might not be one of a top 250 recruit from the 2014 recruiting class, however, he is a quality pickup for the Wildcats at the cornerback position. He has instincts, can change directions effectively, and has amazing reactive quickness on the field, but will still have things to improve on at the next level.

Hale doesn’t have the length or speed that most of the top CBs possess. Those aspects are hard to improve, but one thing he can improve on is his recovery speed. Hale is a quality CB and can be an even better pickup for Arizona if he can improve his recovery speed at the college level.

Last season, Hale recorded 50 tackles and four interceptions. He also ran a 4.79 40 and 4.29 shuttle during SPARQ training at The Opening on Monday.

The four-star recruit is currently ranked 32nd in the state of California and 28th among cornerbacks by 247Sports.

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Topics: Arizona Wildcats, Football, Naijiel Hale, Recruiting

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