Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg help put west coast rap back on the map in the mid 90’s with hits like “Regulate” and “What’s my name”, but now their sons are looking to step into the spotlight but as football stars.
Naijiel Hale aka “Skybox”, a 2014 cornerback from St. John Bosco in Bellflower CA, the son of late gangster rap crooner Nate Dogg is using his exploits on the field to make his dad proud even though he is no longer on the sidelines cheering him on. The nickname “skybox” came from when his father told him early on that dead or alive he would be watching him play in the league in the skybox and although Nathaniel Hale passed in 2011 due to complications from multiple strokes, in an April interview with rivals.com, the young Hale spoke about how he still lives by the words of encouragement his dad gave him;
“He always told me when he was gone everything was going to belong to me and my brother and how we hold it down and react to it is important. I take that into serious consideration and I’m living through that. I’m doing what he would do and what he would want me to do.”
Currently Hale, who is 5’11 170lbs and listed as the #33 cornerback in the nation (according to rivals.com), has Cal and Arizona listed as his top two and even though he plans to make a decision at the exclusive Nike camp “The Opening” in July, he still hasn’t closed the door to entertaining a scholarship offer if it comes from a more prominent program like USC, UCLA or Oregon.
Cordell Broadus aka “young snoop”, a 6’1 190lb receiver in the class of 2015 from Diamond Bar High, has already caught the eyes of many top programs and holds offers from prominent universities across the nation like USC, UCLA, Tennessee Nebraska, and Duke to name a few, but he is trying to take recruiting in stride. Having two more years left in high school the biggest advice Cordell says his famous father has given him is not to worry about it and to stay humble. He has already decided that he will not be making his choice of school known until signing day in 2015 and while many recruiting experts foresee him as a USC lock, he cautious people not to be too hasty with that prediction;
“I want to go where it’s best for me and that could be East Coast, West Coast, the South. It could be anywhere. I’m just waiting patiently to figure out where I want to go”
While it still does surprise the two how fans and the media respond when they are out and about, they have done a great job taking all the attention in stride because they understand that it comes with the territory. And even if they never become All-Americans or play a down in the NFL, they have already made their friends, coaches, and especially their fathers proud and that’s all that matters.