High school football started in the state of Florida last week, which meant many of the Florida Gators commits and targets, started playing.
One of those guys who started playing last week was Nebraska defensive back commit Brendan Radley-Hiles (5-10, 183, Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy) who played his first game for IMG on Friday.
“It was a good game, the team came out and did our job,” Radley-Hiles said of his game on Friday. “We had a few mental errors but all together we will get it together. Everything has really clicked after the second week.”
Radley-Hiles plays a lot of outside corner but he’s also trying to learn how to play everywhere in the defensive backfield.
“Learning how to play all three positions back there,” he said on things he wants to continue improving. “Learning how to play safety better, the more I know, the more I can impact my team.”
With the Nebraska learning how to play everywhere, he has had several teams stay in touch with him and Radley-Hiles says he wants to take some visits this fall.
“There’s six schools that I really want to visit,” Radley-Hiles said. “Florida, Nebraska, Texas, Oregon, Louisville, Notre Dame and Michigan.”
One of those schools that will surely get a visit is the Florida Gators and linebackers Tim Skipper is a big reason why that will happen.
“Coach Skip is the one talking to me the most,” he said of who’s recruiting him from Florida. “That’s my boy, we talk everyday. We talk about how his day is going and how my day is going. How the team looks, most of the time it’s non football related.”
Defensive backs coach Corey Bell has also talked to Radley-Hiles a good bit as they’re trying to build a relationship.
“I’ve also spoken to Coach Bell,” Radley-Hiles said. “I’ve spoken to him a few times, I just talked to him the other day after I got my official offer from them. I talked him yesterday [Thursday], we were talking about camp.”
The Gators also have offensive line commit Curtis Dunlap working on Radley-Hiles on a daily basis as they’re teammates at IMG.
“Everyday, he won’t leave me alone,” he said laughing about Curtis Dunlap recruiting him. “He comes to my room all the time and says ‘you know who it’s, chomp chomp,’ he’s working me.”
INSIDERS NOTES: Florida is a school that has really solid chance at flipping Radley-Hiles if they get him on campus this fall. His relationship with Tim Skipper, plus his relationships with other players is something that should help Florida.