Reporting on the 'commitment' of a high school kid to a college is far down on my list of noteworthy news items, especially considering my personal recollection of being able to commit to something at age 17 was limited to whether I'd get the Chicken or Steak Soft Taco at Taco Bell.
That being said, the level of interest in a prospective new addition to the University of Arizona football team seems to become that much higher for everyone when said athlete has some sort of lineage.
Thus, I am blogging about the announcement yesterday — during an incredibly pretentious high school athlete showcase known as 'The Opening' — that highly regarded prep defensive back Naijiel Hale plans to play for the Wildcats in 2014.
Why is this important? Because he's a four-star-rated prospect? Well, sort of.
It's most noteworthy, apparently, because Hale is the son of moderately well-known 90's rapper Nate Dogg. Hence, Hale's Twitter handle of @YoungNateDogg. Creative.
I'm sure word that the son of the man best known for a little ditty called Regulate has Weekly editor Dan Gibson all in a tizzy, but that's because he has a rather unhealthy obsession with rap music (not to mention Juggalos). [Note from web producer David Mendez: This is an office that gleefully discussed going to the Kings of the Mic tour at AVA. Watch your step, Pedersen.]
Nate Dogg died in 2011 at age 41 from complications resulting from numerous strokes he had over the last four years of his life. His son, who plays for highly touted St. John Bosco Prep in Bellflower, Calif., is the fourth so-called 'four star' athlete the UA has gotten a commitment from for next season, though none of those are binding until the official signing day next February. Lots more can happen between now and then, and probably will.
Hale joins a growing list of celebrity siblings to come to the UA of late, including Trey Griffey, son of baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. (though Trey is a football player who redshirted in 2012 as a freshman) and noted German pop music sensation David Hasselhoff's daughter Taylor Ann Hasselhoff.
Who's next? Maybe offspring of the Backstreet Boys or NKOTB?
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