Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles was once the headliner of Nebraska's 2018 recruiting class, but he'll instead be playing for one of the Huskers' oldest rivals.
Radley-Hiles announced during Saturday's U.S. Army All-America Bowl that he's committing to Oklahoma. The No. 48 recruit nationally, according to the 247Sports composite, picked the Sooners over Florida State and Clemson. Nebraska did not have a hat on the table when Radley-Hiles made his nationally televised decision.
Radley-Hiles was committed to Nebraska for more than seven months from April 14 to Oct. 31. He was the highest-ranked member of NU's class during that time and had a personality that attracted other top-level recruits to consider the Huskers.
Radley-Hiles attended Calabasas (Calif.) High — where he teamed up with current Huskers Tristan Gebbia and Marquel Dismuke — before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, his senior year to join a bevvy of blue-chip prospects.
That raised his profile even higher and schools continued to recruit him heavily as the Huskers were in the midst of a losing season, one that would eventually cost Mike Riley his job. Riley was the primary reason Radley-Hiles originally chose Nebraska.
But it became clear that Radley-Hiles had interest in going elsewhere when he took an official visit to Oklahoma the weekend of Oct. 28. He was on that trip with close friend TJ Pledger, a four-star running back committed to OU. Radley-Hiles officially decommitted soon after that visit.
Radley-Hiles also took official visits to Clemson, UCLA and Florida State in the weeks that followed. He didn't sign with a school during the early signing period, but he'll make it official with the Sooners in February.
Radley-Hiles was once one of three four-star cornerbacks committed to Nebraska and former position coach Donte Williams. The others were Chase Williams and Mario Goodrich. Williams signed with USC last month, while Goodrich remains available but isn't considering Nebraska. Donte Williams was hired as an assistant at Oregon this week.
While Scott Frost did reach out to Radley-Hiles upon taking the job, it was never expected that he'd rejoin the Huskers' class. Frost did sign one defensive back — junior college safety Deontai Williams — in December. CJ Smith, a four-star safety from Florida, remains committed to NU but didn't sign last month.
The Huskers have scholarship offers out to several corners and safeties and are expected to host many of them on official visits once the dead period ends next week.
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