"I've mainly been talking to Coach Derek Lewis at Florida lately," Dale said of the Gators tight ends coach. "He loves the way I play safety and my work ethic.
"I love the season the Gators are having. Nobody thought they'd be ranked No. 2. It's exciting to see a team that's offered me do good."
"Mississippi State also has a great team," Dale said. "They have a lot of sophomores and freshmen that play, and they do a great job of coming together as a team.
It's a bold promulgation, but this could be the best Curtis team in the River Ridge program's storied 50-year history.
Dale (6-0, 185) knows what to do with the football in his hands, having picked up 25 and 28 yards, respectively, on interception returns vs. St. Paul's and Cohen.
"The one against St. Paul's stands out because we were losing 7-6 at the time," said Dale, who helped change the course of a contest that saw Curtis pull away in the second half to prevail, 26-7.
"I had a big hit on No. 4 from Plant on the sidelines. He was trying to catch the ball on play-action and I was able to knock him out of bounds."
Plant, the 2011 Florida 8A state champ, was ranked higher than Curtis entering the week two showdown, which culminated in a 33-3 decision in favor of the Patriots.
"I actually should have three interceptions," Dale ruefully stated. "And I need to get more aggressive and attack - not hesitate - when coming up in run support."