Unsurprisingly, UW bookie Radley-Hiles turns to NFL draft

Think of it as a closed book.

Defensive back Bernard “Bookie” Radley-Hiles’ brief stint at the University of Washington ended Tuesday with his not-too-surprising social media announcement that he’ll be in the next NFL Draft.

Oklahoma’s transfer will drop their remaining eligibility, as cornerback Trent McDuffie, cornerback Kyler Gordon is expected to make a similar statement soon enough.

So one of the best secondary players in the country will for the most part disassemble, seemingly lost in a 4-8 season that cost the Huskies a coaching staff and sent several players to the draft or transfer portal. As a testament to their talent, each of these three cover defensive backs received first-team All-Pac-12 accolades from some media.

Hailing from Inglewood, Calif., The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Radley-Hiles has been one of the most unique players to don a Husky uniform in recent seasons. UW teammates turned to him in practice while members of the media found him interesting to listen to with his thoughtful responses in group interview sessions.

After starting for three seasons with the Sooners, he behaved with noticeable swagger. Almost faculty in his approach, he explained how he came to UW, as he had a reputation for preparing defensive backs for careers in professional football.

Radley-Hiles has started 9 of the 11 games he has played for the Huskies. He finished with 46 tackles, including 5 for lost yards and 2 sacks, intercepted a pass, broke 4, had 3 quarterback hits and a forced fumble.

As the Huskies welcome this veteran Oklahoma player with open arms, the overwhelming feeling that they have wasted their good fortune greatly by failing to win with him.

Radley-Hiles effectively replaced NFL-linked Elijah Molden as the UW nickelback and wasn’t afraid to hit anyone. He missed the Oregon State game after getting screwed.

He was such a well-regarded player upon his arrival that UW applied for and received permission to wear the number 44, which is one of three retired football numbers.

Bookmaker Radley-Hiles and Trent McDuffie had mutual respect.

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