By Joe Vitale:
The University of Georgia has not been known to recruit heavily in the talent-rich state of California. However, last month Georgia offered Joesph Lewis, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver prospect, from Los Angeles’ Hawkins High and may have a keen interest in another talented and confident young man from the Golden State……Brendan Radley-Hiles. Rradley-Hiles is a four-star defensive back in the class of 2018 out of Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California (formerly at Las Vegas, Nevada power Bishop Gorman) and is now on the Bulldogs’ radar.
Known as “Bookie” by his peers, Radley-Hiles currently holds offers from multiple western powers, including UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah and SEC programs Florida and Tennessee, but adds he is “praying for Georgia next.”
The 5’10”, 175 pound Bookie was in Athens last week on a visit to the University of Georgia, his first visit to the Classic City, to meet the coaches for the first time and check out the team. When asked if he enjoyed his visit to UGA, he responded simply with, “I loved it.”
Bookie had not been heavily recruited by UGA, but says that will soon change. “I spoke to both Coach Smart & Coach Tucker and they said they will be coming out to California to jump on me to recruit me,” he said.
Though only a sophomore, Bookie is already one of the more vocal recruits in the country and certainly does not carry himself in the manner of a typical 16 year-old high school student. He has the vibe of a veteran player and his leadership skills are easily noticeable. Bookie has made it clear that he would love to be offered a scholarship by Kirby Smart, and went as far as to tell me, “I will be elated if I am offered a scholarship from UGA.”