Brendan Radley-Hiles

Written by Brendan Radley-Hiles and Evan Miller
Published Monday, August 3, 2015

Hey it’s Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles from the class of 2018. I’m originally from Inglewood, California but decided to go to Bishop Gorman, the reigning high school football national champion. I am going into my sophomore year and I am expecting to see big time minutes at defensive back for Gorman this year. After I graduate I hope to play division one football.

Bookie (number four) at the Freshman All American Game

I am 5 foot 9 inches tall and weigh 164 pounds. My numbers speak for themselves; I am a top tier athlete. I run around a 4.5 forty-yard dash, around a 4.3 shuttle, have a 33” vertical, bench 200 and squat 315. I’m just going into my sophomore year at Bishop Gorman and I hope to become a better athlete as I continue playing and training. I want to be able to grow as a football player as well as an athlete. I love playing defensive back because I feel like I’m on an island and when receivers test me there is nowhere for them to go. They are stuck. It’s just the receiver and me.

Bookie with Coach Sarkisian
Bookie with Coach Sarkisian

At the moment I currently have a future verbal offer from the University of Southern California. I have taken visits to USC, Arizona, Florida State, Oregon, and Ohio State. If I had to pick the schools I am most interested in right now they would have to either be Florida State or LSU. Both schools are known for producing the best defensive backs in football. It takes a special kind of player to be able to succeed at one of those schools.

Bookie with Defensive Backs Coach Keith Heyward
               Bookie with Defensive Backs Coach Keith Heyward

My favorite player is Jalen Ramsey from Florida State. I can relate to his savage mentality and ability to take over a game on the defensive side of the ball. My style of play is very similar to his. I play off of instincts and like a playing with a controlled recklessness. I am inspired to play football by my family. My deceased brother had a dream to go to the NFL. I want to finish his dream and make it to the NFL so I can take care of my mother and my siblings. I am going to be a great player because I am calm under pressure. I never fear my opponents but I always respect them. A key aspect of playing defensive back is knowing where you are on the field at all times. The toughest player I have ever lined up against is my cousin and teammate Tyjon Lindsey. We go at it every day in practice and I know I have to be very best against him or else he will do what he does best, score touchdowns. My goal is to be a 
five-star, Army All American and the number one defensive back in the class of 2018.

Bookie (left) with cousin Tyjon (right)
                               Bookie (left) with cousin Tyjon (right)

My favorite moment of my football career thus far is being named the 2013 California Player of the Year. That was an honor and something I will never forget. My favorite recruiting moment would have to be visiting Florida State. Its one of the best programs in the nation and it was an incredible experience.

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