Dale talks ASU visit

Dale talks ASU visit

Sunday's Maroon and Gold camp featured a few prospects from the state of Louisiana, including 2015 cornerback prospect Hunter Dale. Devils Digest caught up with the John Curtis High School defensive back to get his impressions of his time in Tempe.

"It's a beautiful scene out there," Dale said. "It's not crowded and you have a lot of space to do what you need to do. It's easy to navigate around here. The team really treats you like family and shows you that they really want you and I like that.

"I really like their academics too. You have to work hard but they will support you. I really like their stadium, it's quite a scene."

Due to a minor hip injury suffered today, Dale wasn't able to participate in all the camp drills. Nonetheless, he got a taste of the ASU defensive philosophy.

"A lot of teams bring their safeties down to the box a lot to stop the run," Dale explained. "Here the safety stays back and does what he needs to do because they throw the ball a lot in the Pac-12. You really need to play a lot of cover here. I feel that I have good coverage skills, but I need to focus more on my run support. I don't think it's bad, but it's something I can improve on."

If the defensive back's high school name sounds familiar to Sun Devil fans, it is because another John Curtis alum did play in Tempe in recent years – defensive lineman Jonathan English. Dale has had a couple discussions with the former Arizona State player about the football program.

"He told me he liked it here," Dale said. "He said some schools will treat you right when they are recruiting you, and once you join the team they treat you horribly. He said that they (ASU) treat you the same when they recruit you and after you commit.

"I enjoyed talking to Coach Ball who coaches the secondary, Coach Porter who is my recruiting coach and really all the coaches here. I talked to Coach Graham who said that he was excited to see me and said that he wants me to come down to some games to watch the team."

Arizona State was the second school to offer Dale, behind Tulane. SEC schools such as Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Georgia have all been showing interest in this young prospect who is enjoying the recruiting process.

"It all started when I went to camp at Alabama," Dale commented. "It just started flowing from there as far as all the attention I was getting. My father was helping me through it. I just want to go to a school that is comfortable. I don't want it to be too relaxed, but I don't want it to be overwhelming either.

"I think my decision is really going to come down to how people treat me."

The 5-11 175-pound Hunter Dale posted 15 tackles as a freshman, as the Patriots were a perfect 14-0 capturing the Louisiana 2A title.

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