Bookie Radley-Hiles (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Four-Atar Cornerback Bookie Radley-Hiles Wins DB MVP, Talks Recruiting

Feb. 21 -- Scout 100 cornerback prospect Bookie Radley-Hiles has long been working to one day make the cut at The Opening Finals and he earned the invitation Sunday with a standout performance in Orlando...

Whether in testing, drills, one-on-ones, team sessions or in between, it was tough not to notice Bookie Radley-Hiles Sunday at The Opening Orlando. He worked at multiple positions, talked and backed it up all afternoon long.

"I think that my reps I put in were very quality. I approached the drill session with great intensity, making sure I cleaned up my technique issues," he said. "My goal was to be an athlete. I can probably play both ways if I put my mind to it. My corner reps did okay and my free safety work will be decent going into the season."

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The Scout100 junior's effort earned him sweeping honors at the loaded event. He was named defensive back MVP and secured an invitation to The Opening Finals in the process. 

"This is the best camp, man. I've been going to The Opening since I was in seventh grade watching Iman MarshallDeommodore Lenoir and all those guys throughout my life," Radley-Hiles said. "Jack Jones is another and now it's my turn to put on for the west coast/L.A. guys. My venue happened to be Orlando and I did what I had to do. 

"They expect it from's a blessing at the same time."

The day before the dominant effort, the California native checked out Tallahassee to learn more about the team that may open up 2017 atop the college football polls -- Florida State.

"I was at Florida State, and it was a great visit. I met some great coaches and spent some time with coach (Jimbo) Fisher," he said. "I definitely will be returning up there."

Radley-Hiles doesn't have an official list just yet, but a half-dozen programs are on his mind at this juncture.

"Florida State, NebraskaUCLATexasAlabamaOklahoma," he said. "I haven't visited Oklahoma, I haven't visited Texas. I'll definitely visit, though.

"My brother, (four-star running back) T.J. Pledger, is leaning towards Nebraska or Oklahoma. I'll visit both with him." 

Without a timetable for a verbal commitment, Radley-Hiles said he would still like to add a scholarship offer from ClemsonMiami (Fl)Georgia and Florida State, while capping his high school career at the well talked about Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.

The first spring goal in the region, though, was to do just what he did Sunday in Orlando.

"That was my goal, basically, to come out here and be a man," Radley-Hiles said. "I'm away from my mom. fI've got to grow up a little bit but also show the South how the West is." 

Scout's Take

Aiming to win DB MVP and punch his ticket to The Opening Finals in the process, the blue-chip California native accomplished both on Sunday. Radley-Hiles made plays no matter where he was lined up in the secondary, as a traditional cornerback, in the slot or deep as a safety. He often got his hands on the football despite being the smallest prospect on the field more times than not, using great anticipation and breaks on the ball to get the job done. Radley-Hiles showed good technique on the edge along with great feel when able to roam, seemingly getting stronger as the event progressed.

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