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Four-star cornerback — son of late rapper Nate Dogg — commits to Arizona

Naijiel Hale, the son of late rapper Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Hale), has committed to the Arizona Wildcats football team, he said Tuesday night.

Hale, a four-star cornerback from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., made the announcement on ESPNU during coverage of “The Opening,” which is a Nike all-star summer event held in Beaverton, Ore.

He put on a red Arizona hoodie after picking the Cats and said that coach Rich Rodriguez recruited him to play an unspecified role in the secondary.

Arizona had been considered a heavy favorite for Hale, who is rated the 28th-best cornerback in the nation and the 32nd-best player in California, according to 247Sports. He also had offers from Nebraska, Boise State, Arizona State and Cal, among others.

He is rated four stars (out of five) by 247Sports and Scout.com. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star recruit.

Hale (5-11, 170) made 50 tackles and four interceptions last season. Noted for his physical play, he made seven interceptions as a sophomore at Lakewood (Calif.) High School.

He told 247sports earlier this year that his uncle, Snoop Lion, helped steer him to football when he was 12. Snoop Lion, who gained fame under the name Snoop Dogg as a rapper/performer, has been active in coaching youth football and establishing youth leagues in Southern California.

“I know a lot of rappers,” Hale told 247Sports. “But I’m not really into that stuff. They’re good people to look up to but in reality, they’re not. That’s what my dad led me to think so that’s all I really want do is make my own name.

“Who wants to live off of their parents? That’s probably about 90 percent of my motivation is letting people know who I am in a different way.”

Hale has played on the same 7-on-7 team with Snoop Lion’s son, wide receiver Cordell Broadus, a member of the 2015 recruiting class who has offers from several Pac-12 schools (not Arizona at this point).

His high school teammate, four-star cornerback Jaleel Wadood, announced his commitment for Cal on the ESPNU telecast. Wadood previously was committed to Arizona State

Hale is the 12th commitment in Arizona’s 2014 class, including four four-star recruits, as rated by 247Sports.

Here is a look at the class, with ratings from three recruiting services:

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School 247 Rivals Scout
Devon Brewer S 6-0 175 Central East, Fresno, Calif. 2 3 3
Rodney Carr DB 6-0 185 Salesian High, Los Angeles 4 3 3
Cameron Denson WR 6-1 170 Salpointe Catholic, Tucson 4 4 4
Tony Ellison WR 5-11 170 Granite Bay (Calif.) High 3 2 1
Patrick Glover CB 6-1 181 Scottsdale C.C. NR NR NR
Jonathan Haden RB 5-8 189 Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington D.C. 3 3 3
Naijiel Hale CB 5-11 170 St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, Calif. 4 3 4
Kaige Lawrence OL 6-4 290 Chaffey C.C., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 3 3 2
Jordan Morgan WR 6-2 200 Southridge High, Beaverton, Ore. 3 2 2
Josh Pollack P/K 5-11 165 Highland Park (Ill.) High NR 2 NR
Jace Whittaker DB 5-9 150 Oceanside (Calif.) High 2 3 NR
Nick Wilson RB 6-0 191 Central East, Fresno, Calif. 4 4 4

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