2015 Spotlight: Hunter Dale

Hunter Dale (pic by Steve Robertson)

2015 safety Hunter Dale (John Curtis Christian) has enjoyed a bountiful beginning to the recruiting process as the sophomore already has pocketed offers from Arizona State, Tulane, Mississippi State and Florida. Read on to get the latest...

Hunter Dale says Florida has been most consistent with recent contact.

"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."

He expressed similar sentiment about Mississippi State, which signed Dale's cousin and former John Curtis teammate, Torrey Dale (aka Torrey Bell), as part of the Bulldogs' 2012 class.

"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.

"I was supposed to go to Alabama/Ole Miss and South Carolina/Florida, but it didn't happen."

It's a bold promulgation, but this could be the best Curtis team in the River Ridge program's storied 50-year history.

The ball-hawking secondary has swiped a dozen interceptions in seven games. Senior CB Jacolby Cooper has three picks, while Dale and senior Tulane commit Richard Allen (CB/S) have two apiece.

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."

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