Nebraska commit Brendan Radley-Hiles’ diary: A new season begins

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Editor’s note: Nebraska football commit Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, the Huskers’ top-ranked 2018 recruit, will contribute a weekly first-person story to Land of 10. Here is the first installment, as told to beat writer Erin Sorensen.

On Friday, my teammates and I will head west for Chandler, Ariz. We face Chandler High School on Saturday night on ESPNU.

Our preparation for this game has been to key in and lock into what we have to do on the field. Monday’s team meetings focused heavily on every player doing their jobs. We have 11 guys on the field at one time and when you do your job, the person next to you is going to do theirs too. When the whole team operates like that, you’re unstoppable.

Some have asked if there’s added pressure traveling across the country to play a prime-time game on ESPNU, but this is normal to us. It’s never mattered whether we have a camera in our face or not. We practice at the highest level at IMG to alleviate that pressure.

I see it every day at IMG. The guys on my team will take anywhere from 40 to 60 reps at practice just so they’re well conditioned. I also hold myself to the highest of standards.

I’ve always been a team-first kind of player. I know what I can do, so I work hard to bring my peers up to my level. I believe that if we are all on the same level together, we’ll be one of the best teams ever.

And I really want to go undefeated this season. I want to end as an undisputed national champion. But really, I just want to be the best teammate that I can be. That’s probably my biggest personal goal.

It’s hard to believe that this is my last semester of high school. It’s been a crazy experience having been at three different schools in my high school career — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Calabasas (Calif.), and now IMG Academy (Fla.). — but I see it as a blessing to reach my last semester of high school. Where I’m from, not a lot of people get to the same point.

As I start my last high school football season, I’m excited for the chance to be close to home for a couple of weeks. After Chandler, we face Centennial in Corona, Calif. My coaches joked in meetings yesterday that this is basically a homecoming over the next two weeks for me, T.J. Pledger and Brian Hightower.

I’m very excited. While my mom was just at IMG last week, I’m glad she and my dad won’t have to travel too far for my first two games. I’m also excited that my brothers and most of my entire family will be able to come and watch me play. I’m looking forward to that.

As for the game, I’m looking forward to returning the opening kickoff or the kickoff after halftime. We usually always defer.

That’s going to be a touchdown.

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