Husker commit 'Bookie' Radley-Hiles named defensive back MVP of The Opening Finals

Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles, right, was named the defensive back MVP of The Opening Finals.

Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles proved at The Opening Finals earlier this month why he's the Huskers' highest ranked commit.

Radley-Hiles earned near-unanimous praise from analysts in attendance and added another honor to his list Wednesday. The Opening named Radley-Hiles to the All-Defense first team and selected him as the defensive back MVP.

That's based largely on his performance during The Opening's 7-on-7 tournament, in which Radley-Hiles helped lead his team — Untouchable — to the semifinals. According to 247Sports' unofficial statistics, Radley-Hiles finished with the second-most pass breakups (seven) and interceptions (three), including one he returned for a touchdown.

Fellow Husker commits Joshua Moore and Chase Williams also played with Radley-Hiles for Untouchable.

Safety recruit Talanoa Hufanga, who attended NU's spring game, made the All-Defense second team, as did linebacker target Owen Pappoe, who visited the Huskers last month.

Radley-Hiles stood out among all of them, and continues to be the ringleader of Nebraska's 2018 recruiting class. He committed to the Huskers in April during the spring game weekend and has helped lure several other recruits to join him.

Radley-Hiles was in attendance for the star-studded Friday Night Lights camp last month and should be back in Lincoln for at least one game this fall. He'll play his senior season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, after transferring from Calabasas.

Radley-Hiles, who recently vowed to bring "greatness" back to Nebraska, is a consensus four-star prospect and recently received a bump in his rankings on 247Sports following The Opening, moving up more than 40 spots to No. 59 overall. He's in the top 50, according to both Rivals (No. 34) and Scout (No. 49).

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