Calabasas High School (CA) athlete Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles is being recruited by some very good college football programs. He currently holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, San Diego State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Penn State, UCLA, Utah, and Washington State. He is also being recruited by Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Oregon, and USC and has just received an offer from the BYU Cougars, so this isn’t his first go around when it comes to offers.
“No, this is my 15th offer,” Radley-Hiles said with some excitement in his voice. “The offer from BYU is a big offer for me though.”
With offers storied programs like Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, and UCLA, among others, why is an offer from BYU offer such a big deal for Radley-Hiles? Well, a lot of that has to do with BYU’s new head coach Kalani Sitake, who coached Brendan’s older brother, Lucky Radley, at Utah.
“Well, it’s a big offer for me personally because my brother was at the University of Utah with coach Kalani Sitake,” Radley-Hiles said. “I’ve known him since I was younger. It’s kind of crazy knowing that he’s been watching me since I was younger. Now when I got to high school he’s given me the opportunity to play at his university.”
When Brendan Radley-Hiles got the offer from BYU, he called his older brother Lucky to tell him Coach Sitake had offered him a scholarship. When Lucky received the news from his younger brother, the two celebrated together.
“My brother played running back at Utah,” Radley-Hiles said. “When I told him that I got offered by Coach Sitake and BYU, he just started screaming and laughing at the fact that Coach Sitake offered me. We both were very excited about it and were elated that BYU offered me. It was a cool experience for me and my brother. It was exciting.”
For Radley-Hiles receiving an offer from BYU, where he knows the head coach, is a big deal to him. He can see himself playing for a man like Kalani Sitake.
“It’s big for me because being younger when my brother was at Utah, Coach Sitake was always the energetic one,” Radley-Hiles said. “You know when it’s time to get down, turn that light switch on, and get down to business. Primarily Coach Sitake is a coach that I want to be around and would highly consider playing for in the future. He’s a great coach and a great man that I would want to be around.”
A 2018 class recruit, Radley-Hiles grew up in Inglewood, California, but played football for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nevada last year and played a vital role in the school’s national championship team as a sophomore. Now he’s back at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, where BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford made a personal visit to deliver the news BYU was offering him.
“Coach Jernaro Gilford came down to my school because they’re out here doing recruiting,” Radley-Hiles said. “He offered me when he was out here. It happened during a meeting at my school.”
Radley-Hiles had 14 solo tackles, four pass deflections, one interception returned 28 yards for a touchdown, and one forced fumble on the season last year at Bishop Gorman. He also had four receptions at slot receiver for 106 yards (26.5 yards per catch average) and two touchdowns.
“I played wide receiver last year but I also play corner, free safety, and nickel,” Radley-Hiles said. “I can pretty much play anywhere in the secondary. I’m a physical guy. I’m not the biggest guy out there; I’m only 5-10, 175-pounds, but my instincts, physicality, athleticism, and football IQ allows me to excel. My last forty I ran was a 4.48 and my shuttle was a 4.12.”
Not only is Radley-Hiles an outstanding football prospect with many options on the table, but he’s also a track athlete who competes well.
“The last 100-meter I ran was a 10.96 but that was before I was doing speed training,” Radley-Hiles said. “I feel I can crack a 10.8 and will have that time down before I get to college.”
Because he’s in possession of good speed and quickness, Radley-Hicks believes BYU wants him to play in the defensive backfield, at either the cornerback or safety.
“I think BYU wants me to play probably cornerback or safety, “he said. “They didn’t really talk too much about that but I’m sure it’s probably cornerback. It doesn’t really matter because I can play different positions in the defensive backfield but I’m thinking they want me at corner.”
When it comes time to make a final decision, Radley-Hiles will sit down with him mother and take a look at the options he has. Then he’ll make a final decision based on what he feels is best for his future.
“My mother and I plan on breaking down each and every school and seeing what college best fits me academically,” Radley-Hiles said. “We just want to take a look at every college that has offered me to see which would be a good fit for me. BYU, personally, because of the religious aspect they provide will be one that I’ll take a good look at.”