Bookie Radley-Hiles: All Good Things Must Come To An End
Bookie here with my fourth installment of my RecruitDiary, and I have some big news that I want to share with the world. Before I get into that though, I want to recap a little bit of what has happened since the last time I wrote. Our Bishop Gorman team ended the season undefeated and claimed our second straight national title. We steam rolled through our tough schedule and claimed yet another state championship. In five-playoff games, we scored 257 points and allowed only 64. Overall, it was an amazing year not just for our team, but also for me personally. I started for the team at cornerback and also played some slot receiver for our team. I was really encouraged with my performance this year and I am already looking forward to next year.
All good things must come to an end, and the same is true for my time at Bishop Gorman. I decided that I would transfer January 29, 2016. After talking with my brothers, mother, and the rest of my family, I decided that transferring back home to California would be best for my family and me. The time I spent at Gorman is something that I will always look back on as one of the best times of my life, but I needed to start a new chapter, and transferring was my way of doing so. There were a number of reasons for the transfer but one reason was clear and stood out. FAMILY. Family is the biggest part of my life, and I just felt that I needed to be closer to my family in California, although my friends and teammates at Gorman will be part of my extended family forever.
Bishop Gorman will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always remember my amazing times and the amazing people I met there. I am going to miss my friends the most. The times we had meant the world to me. I will never forget our adventures. I am going to miss the weight room, and the lockeroom. There are too many stories about what went on in those rooms with my teammates, no, my brothers. There will never be anything more fun than dancing with my best friends in the locker room after a big win and before practice. And to the best fans in the nation, the GBLOCK, I will miss you just as much as the football team. You were our twelfth man, the reason why we wanted to be the best, and finally, what kept us motivated to keep winning. Gorman taught me a lot while I was there, both on and off the field. The coaching staff instilled in us that “Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Work Hard” and that self-discipline is what makes both a great football player and a great team. The coaching staff there is second to none, and I thank them for molding me into the player and person I am today.
When I first arrived in Vegas to attend Bishop Gorman I was a raw, determined, confident kid from Inglewood, California that was going to do anything to make my dreams come true. While I am still that same kid from back then, I am different in so many ways. I have grown in all aspects of life; I have matured in so many ways beyond just as a football player. I now understand what it means to be a student-athlete and just how important it is to get a degree. I value education just as much as I value football. Bishop Gorman changed me for the better, and I want to thank everybody at the school for helping me find myself and figure out truly what I want to do with my life.
On Febuary 3, 2016, all my hard work finally paid off and my dreams of being offered a scholarship to play college football came true. I was on the phone with Coach Donte Williams from the University of Arizona, and he was the person to offer me the scholarship. Once I heard the words, “Offer from the University of Arizona” come out of his mouth I teared up in my mom’s lap. I immediately started thinking about my brother who passed away and how hard I have been working to see this day. I will never forget my first offer and what my emotions were like. I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest days of my life.
With all my reflecting done, I want to announce something to the world that I have known for just a couple of days. I will be furthering my education, and continuing to play football in at Calabasas High School. I will be joining an already solid team and I am excited to star a new journey and create new memories. I look forward to suiting up in the black and gold for the Coyotes and also playing for Coach Clausen and the rest of the coaching staff.
A new journey is about to begin for me. My diary will be filled with new stories and I can not wait to share them with you. Follow me on Twitter @Bookie_44 to get updates on my season and also follow @RecruitDiaries to get updates about when all the diaries are posted.