Varsity Preps

2014 DB/WR Naijiel Hale Looks to Make His Own Legacy

Living up to high expectations can either make or break a person. Also following in the footsteps of a famous parent comes with tremendous pressure.

That is what St. John Bosco’s 2014 DB/WR Naijiel Hale is faced with. Hale is the son of late rapper Nate Dogg. Many would have expected Hale to follow in the footsteps of his father, instead he is a highly recruited athlete out of Bellflower,California.

“I never really felt any pressure, more like motivation for me,” Hale said of not following in his father’s footsteps.

 

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He plays at St. John Bosco with fellow California prep stars Jaleel Woodard and Damien Mama, which produces D1 talent every year.

“It is sort of normal for me now to play at Bosco, because most of us are transfers and we know how good we are,” said Hale. “We know we’re good enough for the next level.”

The 5-10, 180-pound Hale has received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Boise State, Washington State and California. He says he’s interested in USC, Oregon and UCLA, but has yet to receive an offer.

Not all rapper’s kids want to do what their fathers have made a living doing. P.Diddy’s son Justin Combs is a freshman on the UCLA football team, and the Bruins have offered Snoop Dogg’s son, 2015 WR Cordell Broadus.

“Cordell is my boy. I started playing football with him during our first years of football. We are on the same passing league team right now,” Hale said. “I don’t know Justin, but I have seen him in the UCLA locker room after games.”

Hale recorded 50 tackles, along with 6 interceptions his junior year and says he could commit before the start of his senior year. He plans to take unofficial visits to Arizona and California, which happen to be in his list of favorite schools.

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