Brendan Radley-Hiles can provide added athleticism to Oklahoma secondary

On Jan. 6, the Oklahoma Sooners landed a special talent in the form of elite IMG Academy (Fla.) cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles.

A former 4-star recruit, Radley-Hiles serves as Oklahoma’s top-ranked 2018 defensive signee, and more notably, he’s already on campus as an early enrollee. With the Sooners tasked with replacing Jordan Thomas and his 37 career starts, Radley-Hiles’ high-level athleticism and expertise in coverage make the former Under Armour All-American a name to know throughout the spring, as noted by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

“The four-star prospect from IMG Academy has already created buzz in spring practice because of his versatility,” Schlabach said. “He could bring much-needed athleticism to an OU secondary that greatly needs an upgrade.”

To this point, reports have noted Radley-Hiles as an early standout in spring practice. That’s certainly welcoming news for an Oklahoma secondary that not only loses Thomas, but ranked 87th nationally in passing yards per game allowed in 2017, which ranked No. 3 in the Big 12.

As a senior for IMG Academy, Radley-Hiles amassed 18 tackles, 5 interceptions, 4 pass breakups and forced 2 fumbles. 247Sports detailed what the 5-foot-10, 183-pound prospect brings to the table.

“He often got his hands on the football despite being the smallest prospect on the field more times than not, using great anticipation and breaks on the ball to get the job done. Radley-Hiles shows good technique on the edge along with great feel when able to roam.”

With his high-level skill set and Oklahoma’s need for talent and depth in the secondary, it shouldn’t take long for Radley-Hiles to make a name for himself in Norman.

That process is already underway.

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