Video interview by Eugene Hankerson
Bookie Radley-Hiles is already considered one of top prospects in the 2018 class. Rated a four-star cornerback out of Calabasas (Calif.) High, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder holds 25 offers and counting as he concludes his junior year.
However, the Golden State star will be changing regions soon and high school altogether this off-season, as he plans to enroll at national powerhouse Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy this fall.
“It was really a family decision,” he said on his transfer. “It was the best thing for me and my family, and that’s what the decision was based off of. It was basically me to grow up as a man.”
Adding: “My expectations for myself are to show the south how the west rocks,” he said. “Really people didn’t respect the west and how the west plays. I’m ready to head south and let them know how we do it around here.”
Among his multiple offers, Radley-Hiles says Nebraska, Alabama, Florida State and UCLA are all recruiting him the hardest at the moment, and he detailed his foundness for Nebraska, especially with two of his high school teammates signing with the Cornhuskers as part of what he calls the - “Calabraksa movement.”
“When I went on visit I loved it out there,” he said of Nebraska. “It’s a great city. They love us. It’s just great out there.”
Rideley-Hiles also holds an offer from Michigan, and says he’s “definitely” interested in the Wolverines have to offer.
“Coach (Michael) Zordich is out at practice,” he said. “Towards the end of the season he was really (recruiting) hard on Darnay (Holmes). He wasn’t really allowed to talk to me. I saw him from a distance. He really couldn’t talk to me at all. But he made his appearance well known.”
Adding: “When I think of Michigan I think of Charles Woodson, Jabrill Peppers, David long Jr., those are the guys I know, those are my guys,” he said. “Really it’s just another place you could a second home I feel like. I have family in Michigan. I think I would be great fit if I were to go there.”
As far as what he looking for in a program, Ridely-Hiles says his family will ultimately play a major role in whichever school he chooses.
“Basically a comfort level with the coaches and a comfort level with the city, basically my family is my everything, and if they think it’s the best decision for me, I’ll be you I go there.”