Nebraska has landed one of the best cornerbacks in the Class of 2018. Brendan Radley-Hiles is headed to Lincoln.
Mike Riley continues to mine the fertile California recruiting grounds.
The Nebraska head coach, who was able to pluck the likes of Tristan Gebbia, Lamar Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Tyjon Lindsey and Eric Fuller from the state, was able to land a verbal pledge from four-star cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, who announced his commitment to the Cornhuskers on Friday night in a video dedicated to his late brother.
The Los Angeles native and IMG Academy cornerback is the highest-rated recruit to commit to Nebraska during the Riley era, and the U.S. Army All-American is Nebraska’s top-rated recruit since Aaron Green in 2011.
He began his high school career at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman before transferring for his junior season to Calabasas (California) High School, where he played with Gebbia and Johnson Jr. As a receiver, Radley-Hiles had 51 catches for 806 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense, he had 54 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. For his senior year, Radley-Hiles has transferred to IMG Academy, a boarding school in Bradenton, FL.
Many recruiting experts expect Riley to have a difficult chore keeping Radley-Hiles committed, however, as he has offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and many other big-time programs. But, Lindsey is his cousin, and he knows he’d be able to play with a couple of familiar faces in Lincoln. He also told the Lincoln Journal Star that he has known Huskers cornerbacks coach Donte Williams since he was 8 years old, so Nebraska fans have to be excited about his pledge.
Radley-Hiles is one of more than 40 recruits who will be at Nebraska’s spring game on Saturday.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Class of 2018 product could be a game changer at the next level on the defensive side of the ball. Radley-Hiles, who is unofficially visiting NU this weekend and attended the Huskers’ Thursday practice, is the fifth commitment for the 2018 class.