Recruiting: 'Bookie' Radley-Hiles nearing five-star status after big move in Scout's updated rankings

Nebraska commit Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles is the nation's No. 22 overall recruit, according to Scout.

Brendan Radley-Hiles is approaching five-star status after the latest update to Scout’s recruiting rankings.

The Nebraska commit moved up 27 spots to No. 22 nationally and is the nation’s No. 4 cornerback. There are currently 20 five-star recruits in the 2018 class, according to Scout.

“Bookie” turned heads with his performance at The Opening Finals earlier this month, earning first-team All-Defense and defensive back MVP honors. 247Sports bumped him up 42 spots to No. 59 overall last week as a result.

"No one makes more plays in the secondary than Bookie and his football IQ and instincts are about as good as we've seen from a defensive back in a long time,” wrote Scout analyst Greg Biggins. “He's a tireless worker off the field and has both high-level, short-area quickness and the top-end speed to run with anyone. He wowed everyone at The Opening who saw him for the first time and should be an immediate impact player at Nebraska.”

The Huskers haven’t signed a Scout five-star since Aaron Green in 2011, but with a strong senior season at the talent-rich IMG Academy, Radley-Hiles could reach that level.

He’s one of four Husker commits ranked in the top 300 of Scout’s rankings — No. 22 Radley-Hiles, No. 122 WR Joshua Moore, No. 160 CB Chase Williams and No. 212 TE Cameron Jurgens.

Jurgens has a chance to finish the cycle as the first recruit from Nebraska ranked in Scout’s top 300 since Christian Lacouture (No. 128) and Josh Banderas (No. 251) in 2013.

Nebraska’s other commits fall outside Scout’s top 300. Manuel Allen is a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 66 wide receiver. Masry Mapieu (No. 32 DT), Mario Goodrich (No. 43 CB) and Tate Wildeman (No. 129 DE) are all three-star recruits. Offensive lineman Will Farniok and kicker Barret Pickering have two-star ratings.

Notable Husker targets that appear in Scout’s top 300 include: No. 5 DE/OLB Micah Parsons, No. 17 S Talanoa Hufanga, No. 34 CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, No. 36 RB TJ Pledger, No. 45 S Bryan Addison, No. 77 WR Kamryn Babb, No. 89 CB Houston Griffith, No. 115 DE/OLB Cameron Latu, No. 133 DE Ronnie Perkins, No. 155 WR Tommy Bush, No. 225 WR Isaah Crocker, No. 230 WR Cameron Brown and No. 294 DE/OLB Jalen Redmond.

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