Profile: Bookie Radley-Hiles
Position: Defensive Back
Location: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Weight: 185 pounds
Recruiting: Radley-Hiles was a national recruit with offers from all over the country but Nebraska seemed like the team to beat ever since he visited Lincoln last Spring. He really connected with the entire coaching staff including the head man, Mike Riley and DB coach Donte Williams. The chance to play early, a strong support group of current players on the team he's close with including Keyshawn Johnson and Tyjon Lindsey and his overall comfort level in the city of Lincoln put the Huskers over the top. UCLA was the runner up choice with Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas rounding out his final five.
What to Like: Radley-Hiles is just a football player, period, pure and simple. He's a guy who doesn't have great measurable's in terms of his size and speed but put him on a football field and no one will make more plays. His greatest strength might be his toughness as well as his incredible competitiveness. His will to win as well as his desire to be a great player is off the charts. As a cover corner, he's among the most physical players you'll find who really excels in press coverage. He loves to bully an opposing receiver at the line of scrimmage and plays with a major edge to his game. He's just a tough, aggressive kid who plays with a chip on his shoulder, one of the players you love as a teammate but hate to play against. His football IQ and instincts are extremely high as well and he has a great, natural feel for the game. He's one of those players who always seems to be around the ball and is good for a few big plays every game. The 'Honey Badger' Tyrann Mathieu is a player he has been compared to and it actually fits. The two are similar in size, have the ability to play corner, nickel or safety and always seems to be in the right place at the right time because of their high level instincts and overall
Areas to improve: As mentioned, Radley-Hiles doesn't have the kind of measurable's that will wow a lot of people. He's right at 5-9 and although he has very good quickness, he doesn't have exceptional top end speed so working on his overall burst and explosiveness will be big for him. His aggressiveness is definitely one of his strengths but he can at times, be a little over-aggressive. He loves to gamble and go for the big play so he'll have to be careful he doesn't give up the big play as well.
Overall Analysis: Radley-Hiles is easily one of our favorite players in this class for a number of reasons. If you value toughness, passion and love for the game, you have to admire Radley-Hiles. It's not just how he plays in games either, this is a kid who's a tireless worker off the field and a guy who never takes a rep off in practice. He's a natural leader and other players have always gravitated towards him. He brings an infectious style of play that we think will not only make him a fan favorite, but a player his teammates will love to play alongside. Landing Radley-Hiles is another huge boost to the Husker recruiting efforts as well and even though he's now playing in Florida, this is a SoCal kid who the staff made a huge priority two years ago. It shows all the work they have put in to recruiting the Golden State is definitely paying off.