Clemson’s guest list of recruits for its marquee game against Auburn on Saturday featured several prospects committed elsewhere, including one highly touted defensive back in the class of 2018.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles, who committed to Nebraska back in April, made his first visit to Clemson after receiving an offer from the Tigers last month.
“It was a great overall experience,” Radley-Hiles told The Clemson Insider. “I met great people and attended a great game.”
Radley-Hiles (5-10, 185) tripped to Tiger Town with two of his teammates — Clemson commitments Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones — before witnessing the third-ranked ACC’s Tigers impressive victory over the thirteenth-ranked SEC’s Tigers.
“It was a great team win,” Radley-Hiles said. “Glad I was there to watch a Southern showdown like that.”
Before the game, Radley-Hiles spent time with area recruiter Tony Elliott as well as head coach Dabo Swinney, defensive coordinator Brent Venables, cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and defensive line coach Todd Bates.
What did he hear from the Tigers?
“Just the ways I’d be used in the defensive backfield,” Radley-Hiles said, “and (about) the academic platform.”
Radley-Hiles sat next to Clemson five-star quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence, one of the Tigers’ most active recruiters, during the game.
“He’s a great guy more than football player,” Radley-Hiles said of Lawrence. “Somebody people want to be around.”
In addition to Clemson and Nebraska, Radley-Hiles has offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC.
Radley-Hiles transferred from Calabasas (Calif.) to IMG Academy for his senior year. As a junior last season, he registered 54 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. He also logged 51 receptions for 806 yards and 10 touchdowns offensively.
He is ranked as a top-five cornerback and top-50 prospect regardless of position in the 2018 class.