January 7, 2013

Badet has Wake in his mix

Orlando (Fla.) Freedom wide receiver Jeff Badet has Kentucky, NC State and Wake Forest in his top three, and is still considering South Florida after de-committing from the Bulls Sunday, Dec. 2.

The 5-foot-11 and 160-pound Sunshine State senior said he would not put any one of the schools in his top three over the others, because he has been to any of those respective universities.

Badet, who is rated as three-star recruit by Rivals.com, has official visits scheduled to Wake Forest on Friday, Jan. 11, Kentucky on Friday, Jan. 18 and NC State on Friday, Jan. 25.

"Depending on how the Kentucky visit goes we'll see what happens, but I still want to take [the visit] to NC State before I make any decision," Badet said. "The new coaching staffs are really recruiting me hard with all those three schools [Kentucky, NC State and South Florida]."

"I had an in-home visit with Kentucky [Saturday, Jan. 5], and then the day before [Friday, Jan. 4] I had an in-home visit with NC State. I would say all of them are recruiting me on an equal level. They're all showing me a lot of love."

NC State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada and wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson made the trip down to Orlando for the Wolfpack.

"When they came by they were just talking to my parents about how they want me to come there," Badet said. "Coach Jackson brought some film to show how they're going to use me as a receiver, so we sat down and watched film on receivers on how they're going to use me in their type of offense and they were just talking about how I'll have the opportunity [to play as] a true freshman."

"And then knowing that they came from Northern Illinois they're showing me like stats from how many times they passed the ball to how many passing yards their quarterback had and their leading receivers, who caught a lot of balls that ended up catching for over a 1,000 receiving yards. That's basically what went down."

Badet added Canada and Jackson told him the Pack will employ three to four wide receivers at all times, and he would see action at the slot and on the outside.

Kentucky running backs coach Chad Scott traveled to Orlando for the Wildcats.

"He was showing my mom and dad pictures of the campus and just everything about their top majors," Badet said. "I'm majoring in business and that's their second best on campus and then he just talked about how I can come right in and play right away and how [UK head coach] Mark Stoops told him to go out and go get guys that can come in and play right away, so that's one of the reasons why they offered me. And then [he was] just talking about how they only got five receivers on scholarship, so I can just come in and play right away."

"It does give them a little edge, because playing in the SEC is what I always wanted to do, but at the same I always wanted to play in the ACC also, so that's why NC State and Wake Forest are in the picture."

Wake Forest quarterback coach and co-passing game coordinator Tom Elrod and wide receivers coach and co-passing game coordinator Lonnie Galloway are recruiting Badet for the Demon Deacons.

"I got a good bond, relationship with Coach Galloway," Badet said. "As soon as I de-committed [from USF] Coach Elrod came in. I think I de-committed on Sunday [Dec. 2] and Coach Elrod came in on Tuesday [Dec. 4] of that week and that's when I met Coach Elrod as soon as I de-committed from South Florida."

He will meet Galloway for the first time when he returns to school this week after the Holiday break.

"I talk to him [Galloway] on the phone a lot, so there won't be much of a difference," Badet said. "He just wants to come down and see me before I take my official [to Wake], so he can see how I look in person and I can see how he looks in person just to get familiar with each other."

He is looking for a school outside of Florida that offers him the best opportunity to play right away as a true freshman.

"I was thinking about leaving Florida," Badet said. "I think it would be one of the best choices for me, but I still have USF in the picture."

Badet knows Wake Forest quarterback Kevin Sousa, who is from Orlando.

"I'll probably talk to him when I go on my visit [to Wake]," Badet said.

Wake Forest returns 22 players from the Sunshine State to its roster, and has four commitments from Florida in its 2013 recruiting class.

"It just means that I can do the same thing, and that I wouldn't have problem leaving. If I don't have a problem leaving then I shouldn't have a problem leaving the state of Florida, knowing that whatever college I go to I'd be back home the same amount time even if I do end up going to South Florida."

He plans to commit to a school before Signing Day, but will not announce his decision until Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Badet will probably put out three hats of his top three teams, putting on the one for the school he chooses. He will purchase the hats during his official visits. Badet prefers the fitted look over the popular snapback style.

He caught 64 passes for 903 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior to lead Freedom to a state playoff appearance and a 7-4 finish. He pulled in 46 balls for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

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