Young Nate Dogg, Naijiel Hale, Makes Name as Star High School Football Player

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2013

Photo Credit: Fox Sports
Photo Credit: Fox Sports

The son of late R&B legend Nate Dogg is carving out his own legacy at California's St. John Bosco High School. 

A 247 Sports report discusses on one of the most promising defensive backs in the class of 2014, Naijiel Hale, son of singer Nate Dogg (Nathanial Hale) who passed away in 2011. 

Many of you see that name and are instantly hit with the mental audio of One More Day, I Got Love, or simply the thought of regulators being asked to, "mount up."

You are hardly alone, because young Hale has been living a very big shadow, understandable considering his father's voice was such a big part of a generation's youth. 

Nate Dogg passed away on March 15, 2011, leaving behind a wealth of hip-hop hits we will all cherish. As for Young Nate Dogg, as Hale likes to refer to himself on Twitter, he is ready to carve out his own slice of fame. 

The reports states he was the best defensive player at the JuniorRank Proving Grounds Combine last week and is considered one of the best cornerbacks on the west coast, which is in keeping with his impressive stats on MaxPreps

We are also fortunate enough to see what it's like to grow up with a father who was such an integral part of Death Row Records and the West Coast hip-hop scene. 

My dad used to bring me out on the stage and things like that. At first it was crazy and then I started getting used to it and liking it. I remember the first time, I was like 12 and I didn’t know what to do.

So we know Hale will not shy away from the big stage anytime soon, knowing what a huge crowd is like from an early age. 

The remarkable aspect in his upbringing is it all seems so normal if it weren't for the names he lists among those who altered his life. 

At first, I was a basketball player and then at about 12, Snoop (Dogg) had talked to my dad and said he wanted me to play football. He basically made me who I am today. I was actually scared of contact and that’s why I never wanted to play.

Really, you could insert Uncle So-and-So in that quote and it might be the same story for many of you. Instead, it was Snoop Dogg, who recently changed his alias to Snoop Lion, who got this young man onto the gridiron, a man who is now more caricature of fame than anything. 

As for taking a hit, it sounds like Naijiel is far more into delivering them. While it would be phenomenal for Hale to lay a massive hit and belt out a suave rendition of his father's past, you won't be hearing it anytime soon. 

If you know like I know
you don't wanna step to this
It's the G-Funk era
funked out with a gangsta twist

You see, Hale loves who his father was and the legacy he left behind, but he is far more interested in doing things on his own merit, and we have nothing but respect for that. 

I know a lot of rappers. But I’m not really into that staff. 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.

The report issues Hale is eagerly awaiting offers from schools, and recently spoke with John Neal, defensive secondary coach from Oregon. 

There has also been "significant" interest from UCLA and Northwestern, making the future a very promising one for Young Nate Dogg. 

Hopefully, we will see a great deal more of Hale in the coming years, and will know him more for who he is rather than just for who his legendary father was. 

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