Elite prospect promises 'shock' in Army Bowl announcement
|Thursday, January 4, 2018, 12:39 PM- -|
One of the more interesting nationwide recruiting battles wraps at the end of the third quarter in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl (1 p.m. start/NBC).
And elite cornerback prospect Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles promises a show.
“All I gotta say is it’s going to be a surprise. It’s going to be a shock,” Radley-Hiles said this week in San Antonio.
Radley-Hiles told reporters his decision is made and he will have six hats to pick from, with Clemson in the mix with Oklahoma, UCLA, Florida State, Nebraska and Alabama.
Radley-Hiles took official visits to all of those finalists except Alabama, with his final visit going to Florida State over Florida in a last-minute switch.
The West Coast native and IMG Academy (Fla.) product made a couple trips to Clemson - first, for the Auburn game, while he was a Nebraska commitment. A talk with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney stood out to him then.
“I had about a 45-minute talk with him and I got to talk about who I am as a person,” Radley-Hiles told TigerNet, “what I stand for, and altogether just who I am. We talked about the program. We talked about the future. We talked about what I should be doing for the game purposes. He wanted me to visualize myself in the game and not just be a regular recruit. He wanted me to make sure I could see myself making plays in big games like that.
“He's a great guy and he's cool, but he's straight to it. He's serious about his job. I understand he likes to have fun a lot, but then he's a guy that gets down to business.”
After decommitting from Nebraska shortly after an Oklahoma official visit, Radley-Hiles returned to Clemson for an official on Nov. 18 with a host of uncommitted prospects.
Radley-Hiles’ diary blog entry after the visit emphasized the family atmosphere he felt around the football program.
He will line up with the West team on Saturday opposite a host of Clemson signees on the on the East, including five-star QB Trevor Lawrence. Radley-Hiles said he’s looking forward to matching up with Clemson’s Derion Kendrick, who has flashed his skills in drills this week.
Given the “shock” value Radley-Hiles promises, Oklahoma may be the most anxious going into the announcement, as they currently have 77 percent of the projections on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball. Clemson doesn’t currently have a prediction there.