Four-star cornerback Naijiel Hale announced his commitment to the Washington Huskies on Saturday.
Hale, the son of the late musical artist Nate Dogg, was previously committed to the Arizona Wildcats.
Speaking with Scout.com, Hale revealed the first scholarship offer he received was from Washington head coach Chris Petersen back when Petersen was at Boise State:
Boise State was my first offer when Coach Petersen was there so I know the staff really well. I know Coach Lake, the DB coach as well and had a good home visit with him and Coach Petersen recently.
Arizona had told me they didn’t want me to take the visit this weekend and if I did, there was a good chance they would pull the offer. I had basically already decided in my head that I was going to go to Washington so I was taking this visit no matter what. I love it up here and have some strong relationships already in place so I’m thrilled to be a Dawg.
As SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound points out, Petersen has really reaped the benefits of moving to the Pac-12:
There are now the same number of high school 4 stars in UW’s 2014 class as there were in Chris Petersen’s entire BSU tenure. More to come…
— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) February 1, 2014