Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles feels it's been too long since there was greatness at Nebraska, and he plans to bring it back.
Radley-Hiles, the highest ranked member of Nebraska's 2018 recruiting class, made that pledge when he appeared on "The Transparent Truth" podcast this week. He vowed to do it for Husker fans who deserve to see their team return to title contention.
"When you play at Nebraska, you hold yourself accountable for the legacy that these people before you set," Radley-Hiles said. "These people brought greatness to that city in Lincoln. It hasn't been there in a while, so my goal is to bring that back. These people deserve it. They're the best fans in America."
The hourlong podcast focused mostly on the interview with Radley-Hiles, which begins at the 21:40 mark. He discusses a wide range of topics, including his childhood, family background and experience at the IMG Academy.
But Radley-Hiles spends most of it talking about his future home in Nebraska, which he'll return to this weekend for the second Friday Night Lights camp.
"It's just so different out there," Radley-Hiles said. "It's like a genuine culture also known as Husker Nation. It separates from any other place in the world. ... I've been to so many places, and nothing can compete with the home vibe that you get (at Nebraska) as soon as you walk in."
And Husker coach Mike Riley is a big reason behind that, Radley-Hiles said.
"I knew that's the guy I wanted to play for," Radley-Hiles said. "I hadn't felt like that about anybody else my whole life. ... This is somebody I have to do it for. That's the only guy I can say that about. It's different with me and him. I truly love that guy. He's so special to me."
And cornerbacks coach Donte Williams is, too. Radley-Hiles said he's known Williams since he was 8 years old, when Williams would come to his house to break down high school film with his older brother. While Williams was at Arizona, he was the first coach to offer Radley-Hiles, and the relationship stayed strong with his move to Nebraska.
"Coach Donte, that's family," Radley-Hiles said. "I always wanted to play for him my entire life."
Listen to the podcast in its entirety below: