Eighth grade recruit meets with Sarkisian

It seems recruitment start earlier and earlier for athletes these days, and that's exactly the case for Brendan Radley-Hiles. The 2018 athlete hasn't even finished eighth grade yet, but he's already being recruited by a big-time local school.

Brendan Radley-Hiles is about to wrap up his eighth grade year at West Hills (Calif.) Ivy Academia Middle School. He's not even sure yet where he'll be going to high school, let alone college. Still, the young athlete is already being recruited by his dream school, USC.

"It's great to know that my hometown is looking at me early. I was very proud of myself, my family was very proud of me," he said.

"It's always been my dream school. When I was younger, my cousin (Jason Mitchell) went there, he was on the 2004-2005 national championship team, so I used to go to the games when I was younger and I've always dreamed of being a Trojan."

The 2018 wide receiver and corner back recently visited USC and had a great conversation with head coach Steve Sarkisian himself.

"On a visit, coach Sarkisian and I were talking and I went into his office," Radley-Hiles said.

"He was saying that he was verbally offering me that day and that he wants me to be there in 2018 and hopefully I commit there. I'm one of the first guys to get this offer early."

The early attention means a lot to the 5-foot-8, 155-pound athlete, who got a lot of good feedback from Sarkisian about his skills on the field.

"He was saying he likes my intensity level, he likes how I'm always ready for any challenges and I'm always competitive. Even though I'm young, I'm always competing with older kids. I take everything in, I'm a great listener, and (he likes) my athleticism on defense and offense," Radley-Hiles said.

"I attack the ball on defense, I'm patient. I'm always watching the quarterback, watching his three-step-drop or five-step-drop, I'm waiting patiently in my zone for my time to pull the trigger. I'm a team player, I'm always willing to do anything I can to make my team win. I'm never begging for the ball."

Radley-Hiles is excited to start his recruitment off with attention from his favorite school growing up. He also hopes to hear more from UCLA, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, and Clemson in the future.

"I visited UCLA for the spring game. I like UCLA a lot. I hope I can visit there again and get the same outcome as USC," he said.

He also visited Ohio State and Oregon last summer. His brother, Lucky Radley, is a junior running back at Utah.

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