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Oklahoma took a hit in the secondary on Wednesday. Brendan Radley-Hiles, a starting cornerback for the Sooners, entered the transfer portal after three seasons.
Radley-Hiles was a consensus top-50 player coming out of IMG Academy back in 2018, and Rivals even had him listed as a five-star prospect. That natural ability helped him get on the field early in Norman, as he started 11 games as a freshman.
That role as a starter continued over the next two seasons, including the eight starts he made in 2020. But soon following the Sugar Bowl victory over Florida, rumors started to circulate that Radley-Hiles was contemplating a departure.
Now it looks like that has come to fruition, but we don’t yet know where he’ll land.
For now, we’ll simply reflect. This was an ultra-talented, but undersized cornerback coming out of high school. He earned early playing time and had struggles early on, but settled into a role as the nickel. Unfortunately, his reputation for getting unnecessary personal fouls made him unpopular with some fans.
Will that continue at his next stop? We hope not.
Radley-Hiles finishes his three-year stint at Oklahoma with 115 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three interceptions and 14 passes defended. According to Yahoo Sports, he’ll have one year of eligibility remaining.
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