OU Football: Five-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles (aka ‘BOO-kee’) becomes official for Sooners
First things first.
Brendan Radley-Hiles’ nickname is pronounced “BOO-kee” according to Oklahoma’s official release.
On Tuesday morning, OU officially welcomed the five-star cornerback to its Class of 2018 recruiting class.
Popularly known as “Bookie,” Lincoln Riley tweeted out Radley-Hiles’ recruiting video similar to what he’s done with all other signees.
Radley-Hiles didn’t sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period but did sign a financial aid agreement. He attended class on Tuesday, the first day of the spring semester, which binds him to Oklahoma.
“Bookie is a dynamic player, a dynamic personality,” Riley said in a statement. “He’s going to bring a lot to our program. He’s a leader who has a lot of confidence and a lot of ability. He’s been a very versatile player. He’s great in the defensive backfield, is very active, and he’s been a very good returner up to this point in his career. He was one of the most highly recruited defensive backs in the country, and we’re excited he chose OU.”
Radley-Hiles was given his nickname by his mother. His IMG Academy coach Kevin Wright was asked if he called him Bookie as well.
“I didn’t feel good about it. Everybody has a nickname, but Brendan just didn’t fit after a couple of days,” Wright told the Tulsa World earlier this month. “He is just one those guys who is going to win you over with his personality. If you took him to the mall, he would have, within two hours, a group of kids that he would be holding court with. He has that type of personality. I think he is one of those guys that, as a result, he’s a natural leader. People tend to follow him.”
Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said Radley-Hiles is a super-smart bright kid.
“More so than anything, you talk about a presence,” Cooks said. “He’s going to change, not just in my opinion the secondary or the defense, he’s kind of like – in my opinion from watching him the past two years – the ‘Baker Mayfield-ish’ of the defense. He’s going to be a guy who is going to be able to get everyone lined up and do his job at a high level.”
Radley-Hiles is one of eight 2018 signees who are enrolled in spring classes. The others are Starrland Baldwin (cornerback), Jaqualyn Crawford (wide receiver), Miguel Edwards (cornerback), Patrick Fields (safety), Ronnie Perkins (defensive end), T.J. Pledger (running back) and Jalen Redmond (defensive end).