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Assessing The Recruit: Jeff Badet

Jeff Badet — Wide Receiver; 6’0″, 162 lbs.; Orlando, FL

40 Time: 4.5
Rivals: 3-Star
ESPN: 3-Star, #104 WR


Kentucky fans can start getting used to hearing that skill guys of Jeff Badet’s caliber are considering playing their collegiate football in Lexington. The days of the Randall Cobb’s, Keenan Burton’s and Stevie Johnson’s being few and far between are over. Why, you ask? It’s simple, really. Wide receivers know they will have the opportunity to make plays in Neal Brown’s Air Raid. Once they commit, they are immediately made a priority in the offense, and Brown makes no bones about it. The old-school Kentucky fan need not worry about a lack of a run game in the new offense. Brown will incorporate that as well. And why wouldn’t he? Kentucky brings back a corps of tailbacks that are all capable of anchoring a rushing attack. If you aren’t excited about Kentucky’s depth at skill positions for the 2013 season, mixed with Brown’s philosophies, then you need to check your pulse. Badet, who visited Kentucky this past weekend, is likely to be a part of that group next year. After cancelling recruiting visits directly after his trip to Kentucky, many believe that he is leaning towards becoming a Wildcat. After watching Badet’s highlight tape, I am blown away by the ability this guy has. Here is what I saw from the Freedom High School (FL) Senior:

Familiarity with the spread offense. Coaches around the nation now realize the correlation between a successful offense and more passing attempts. A lot of teams are starting to run spread offenses in high school, which produce guys like Badet. The first step to getting more reps on the field is learning what your assignment is. Once you have that down, you do a lot less thinking on the field, which leads to being more comfortable, and ultimately making plays. Badet played every position in Freedom’s offense. From flanker, to slot, to wildcat quarterback, Badet has done it. It will be a smooth transition to Brown’s offense for the Orlando-native, and his versatility will make him one of the first options to see the field.

Red-Zone Target. One of the things missing from Kentucky’s offense in the last couple of years is a big receiver that can make plays in the short field. At six-feet, Badet uses his size to his advantage, especially in the red-zone. His highlight tape shows that he has a nose for the end zone when the field shortens, something that is not easy to do. He was often the first option for his quarterback in those situations and he made the best of passes thrown his way. His ability to high-point the football, run precise routes (a fade to the back of the end zone was called most often), and gain position over shorter defenders makes him an excellent option near the pay dirt.

Lethal speed and cuts. Badet’s speed looks a little faster than 4.5 when he’s on the field. He has great lateral movement that allows him to shake defenders, break tackles, and gain yard after catch. Combine all of that with great balance and great hands and you’ve got a guy you can run your offense through. He’s the type of receiver that run a 5-yard hitch route and turn it into a 60-yard touchdown.


Along with UK, Badet is considering NC State, South Florida and Wake Forest. You can take a look at his senior highlight film here.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

47 Comments for Assessing The Recruit: Jeff Badet

  1. uktrackstar
    2:57 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    He’ll be perfect for all those bubble screens…
    Oh, wait… nevermind!

  2. Coach
    2:59 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    You make this kid sound like an a 5 star player. Kentucky is going to have to do a lot better than this.

  3. asdf
    3:00 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    There will probably still be bubble screens. Most versions of Air Raid use them. They just do it much more effectively than we are used to seeing.

  4. Jpo
    3:00 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure he’s great in the red zone, but is 6 foot really considered “size” for a receiver?

  5. Chicago Chris
    3:05 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Are there old school fans worried about lack of running? Too bad.

  6. Jeff Garlin
    3:08 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sign him up!

  7. Drew
    3:16 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink


  8. Drew
    3:18 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I still cant believe you guys at KSR have not mentioned him and the in home visit!!!!! I mean isn’t that news worthy?????

  9. hey
    3:19 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    6 foot really is not tall for a WR. which means he is not a classic red-zone target. poor article

  10. Ridge Runner
    3:20 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    7. Just because we swing for the fences on an elite recruit, it still a long, unlikely shot to sign them…

  11. uktrackstar
    3:27 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    3. True. I would just like to see them actually work every now and then.
    Just the lowered expectations of the Joker era, I guess.
    I’m very optimistic that Neal and his staff will do much better with the athletes we have in set plays and out in space.

  12. quickie
    3:28 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just glad in January to see people talking about football.

  13. Wow
    3:29 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow another 3* we are really going to be feared next year

  14. Drew
    3:29 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    10. Well from what i read the coaching staff feels very confident that they can sign him.. So idk if thats what you call a long shot!!!!

  15. Cats
    3:30 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Badet is sick… Straight up baller

  16. G-Unit
    3:32 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    You fellas are wrong… the “big” receiver is few and far between…. you have MAYBE 3 or 4 WR that have that height of 6’3-ish. What makes a great red zone receiver nowadays is great hands and jumping ability, not just height. While the fade/jump ball is a “red zone” play, the back shoulder throw is becoming much more popular. Badet has a 36 inch vertical…. thats pretty damn good… The nations top WR last year, Marqise Lee is only 6’0…. Robert Woods is only 6’0 but both are surehanded and can jump like none other. Size is not the only indicator for a good red zone receiver. And we will get our size though… Javess Blue is 6’1 and has incredible jumping ability and UK will land Taj Williams who is 6’4

  17. Cats
    3:33 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Rashawn, can you please not tag recruits to this on twitter so they don’t see some of these negative idiots who comment

  18. G-Unit
    3:36 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    13- big difference between a 5.7 3 star player and a 5.4/5.5 3 star player…. that the difference of about 150 to 200 spots… 5.8 is a 4-star…. 5.3 is a 2 star… UK will land around 11 5.7 rated players…. that 11 guys that are damn close to being 4-star guys.

  19. G-Unit
    3:38 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Badet also has a 6’8″ wing span…

  20. I heard
    3:46 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I hear that he also has big ears and great hearing. he can hear at over 100yrds a min

  21. Drew
    3:49 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    19. 6’8″ wingspan!!!!!! What’s his vertical? If he has any descent leaping ability he will be a red zone threat for sure!!!!

  22. G-Unit
    3:50 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    21- 35 inch vert……..THATS WHY HE IS A BIG REDZONE GUY

  23. meaningless
    3:53 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    How fast can he swim the 100 yd freestyle?

  24. G-Unit
    3:53 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    20 – I’ve seen the kid play… he is pretty damn good. made some of those big time DB’s in florida look bad… in cluding Leon McQuay… a 5-star DB. Badet had 12 catches for 167 yards and 2 TD on him.

  25. Looking for info
    3:58 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    So, at this point how many spots are we trying to fill, at what positions, and who remains realistically viable to fill them? What about the big safety who was going to visit? What about he linebacker and teammate who were to visit? Any further word or speculation on Hatcher? Seems like Woulard (Clemson) and Timmons (Florida) are likely heading elsewhere, doesn’t it?

  26. Drew
    4:03 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Appreciate the info G-Unit!!!!!

  27. G-Unit
    4:06 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    25 – Here ya go

    Football Recruiting Predictions:

    Currently Enrolled in School

    (5.8)Za’darius Smith DE ****
    (5.5)Reese Phillips QB ***
    (not evaluated)Steve Borden TE

    Currently Committed and Projected to Sign with UK

    (5.7)Alvonte Bell DE ***
    (5.7)Jaleel Hytchye DB ***
    (5.7)Kyle Meadows OL ***
    (5.7)Lovell Peterson DT ***
    (5.7)Khalid Thomas ATH ***
    (5.7)Javess Blue WR ***
    (5.6)Jacob Hyde DT ***
    (5.6)Blake McClain DB ***
    (5.7)Nate Willis DB ***
    (5.5)Justin Day OL ***
    (5.5)Austin MacGinnis K ***
    (5.3)Regie Meant DE **

    Currently Committed and Projected to Sign Elsewhere

    Ander Bodkin OL ***
    Darren Dowdell ATH ***
    Ramsey Meyers OL ***
    Deangelo Yancey WR ***

    Projected to Commit and Sign with UK

    (5.8)RaShaad Samples WR **** or (5.8) Taj Williams WR **** (not both, but who knows)
    (5.8)James Hearns LB ****
    (5.8)Marcus McWilson DB ****
    (5.7)Jojo Kemp RB ***
    (5.7)Godwin Igwebuike ATH ***
    (5.7)Jarran Reed DT ***
    (5.6)Jeff Badet WR ***
    (5.6)Keith Kelsey LB ***

    – The one left off is Timmons, I have no Idea where he is at…. Also Yancey was thought to be able to stay on and keep his offer, however, academics as well as other things are not jiving and many people think he is no longer on the team… Maybe staff thinks we can land both Taj Williams and Samples…. But I have VERY good sources and they all agree with this plus or minus 1 or 2 players.

    After taking the top 20 in the “best case scenario” UK would have 1875 points and a top 25 recruiting class (this is with UK landing both WR and Timmons). If UK lands 1 or the two we would have somewhere between 1700 to 1775 points which lands us a top 30 recruiting class. This would be the 8th or 9th best class in the SEC. Once again this is based on the TOP 20 GUYS. Just thought you football fans would be entertained by this… EXCITING TIMES!

  28. Cats
    4:10 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink


  29. G-Unit
    4:15 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    If you want 1 name to watch it would be Reggie Meant…. lowest rated guy but is 6’6-285… he has power cleaned 305lbs (some college guys cant do that) and has been clocked in a 40 at 4.9 (laser). Only played football for 1 year and can play DE or DT. Doesnt even know different moves (Swim move, spin, inside move), Just a bull rush but he is going to be a flat out STUD when Stoops and Eliot get done with him.

  30. G-Unit
    4:16 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    28- what?

  31. Math nerd
    4:16 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    27 Even if u knew exactly how many total points UK will end up with, how can u predict it will be a top 25 class? As other schools with fewer commits add more kids than the 5 or so uk has left to get, they can leapfrog UK. Not saying u will ultimately be wrong, I just think is too much of a crapshoot to begin predicting top 25 with so many decisions left to be made.

  32. Math nerd
    4:20 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I explained poorly. I mean u base ur predictions on points UK will have possibly, but what will constitute a top 25 or top 30 will evolve as all other teams point totals rise as they add more recruits. And there r lots of teams with far less commits than UK.

  33. scwildcat23
    4:20 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, Really enjoy your show. I thought you were a little hard on caller Gabe this morning. He is just a die hard fan.

  34. Drew
    4:23 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Good info from G Unit!!!!!!! Hope it keeps coming in!!!!!!

  35. mike
    4:24 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    He uses his size in the red zone. 6′ 162 is not big.

  36. G-Unit
    4:28 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    32- you are wrong… look at the top 30 classes all but 4 have 20+ recruits… which means the only way they are really going to gain points, is by landing a 5 star guy… there are only 3/4 of those who are not committed… so when these schools land another 4 star, you are looking at gaining a maximum of 40 points which is very little in the grand scheme of things… if kentucky was going to get bumped out it would have to come from a late surge of someone outside the top 30… nice try though… A for effort…

  37. Math nerd
    4:37 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Okay it appears u r the know all of recruiting. I hope u r right. UK is currently 45th ranked on rivals (which appears to b where u have picked up the player rankings). I will have to see them jump 15 to 20 more spots on ur projected commits to believe it. If they do, I will certainly give u props when the ink on loi’s has dried.

  38. MustangCat
    4:39 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    If Badet is legit, that’s fine. Lots of kids get under-rated. My concern is his 160lbs breaking in half! Don’t see a kid that light getting on the field next year. Are we not expecting a give and take with Woulard anymore? What happened with the twins? Can we seriously expect to see signings from the ones mentioned here? Are those “inside sources” hearing from coaches?

  39. Rob
    4:43 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    After watching his video, I see a lot of Randall Cobb in him. He gets in and out of breaks very quickly to create separation. Good footwork. Looks like a efficient route runner. Can be used all over the field similar to Randall. From some of the comments I guess those cats are waiting on the next Lonnell Dewalt to come around. To me a jitterbug slot WR that can cause instant separation at the line is a perfect counter to an aggressive blitzing team. Sign him up!!

  40. MustangCat
    4:49 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    We should keep a hold on Ramsey! He’s one I think is way under-rated. We need Senat and Maka. Need DL help. Don’t think Hatcher comes on board? Board is looking good. Oh, do Juco kids count against the signing class? We are probably gonna see some more attrition in the current squad. How can teams have 30-35 kids in their class? Thanks for the info guys.

  41. ThaCoach
    4:54 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    What about Hatcher, the trinity linebacker? I thought he was coming around to UK

  42. G-unit
    5:08 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hatcher I think is now sold on USC after his official visit this past weekend

  43. Drew
    6:16 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    41. 42. That sucks!!! I hope kiffin doesn’t ruin this kid!!!!

  44. ikeeveready
    6:43 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I agree it would be nice to add Senat or Maka but don’t forget that we return Cobble, Rumph, Mike Douglas (a little undersized), Thomas Chapman, Christian Coleman, and Tristan Johnson. With the addition of Smith, Bell and Meant to the DE position with Newton, Davis, and Hueginin we will have a decent DL.

  45. Timmons?
    7:07 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    Any news on Timmons? I don’t see why this kid would want to go work with Joker at UF. Also, I assume Woulard is going to be Clemson bound (as much as I want him we should be in good shape at QB for the next couple years as long as Smith stays healthy)? However, it would be huge to sign Samples, Timmons, and Woulard in this class, that would basically solidify our skill positions in the class.

    Just remember folks, Stoops has done all of this in 2 months, imagine what he can do with an entire year to recruit kids. Very excited for things to come in the world of Kentucky Football.

  46. Jacob Adam Brooks
    7:53 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    I like Badet but this post is ridiculous… size to be a red zone target? I always want my physical red zone WRs to be 6’0 160 lol… He’s a quick shifty wr not a go up and get it wr. Chris Mathews… larod king… that’s a red zone target.

    Im excited about badet it just seem u saw one thing… “6’0” … and made up the rest of the post

  47. Jacob Adam Brooks
    8:00 pm January 22, 2013 Permalink

    G-unit…. those guys aren’t “projected to sign with UK” that’s just your personal projection.

    Even those in the know aren’t projecting UK to sign all those guys. Maybe we get some, maybe even most, but why make it seem like they’re “expected” to go to UK?

    Were simply in the hunt for those guys… don’t get hopes up so that any of them that don’t sign seem like we dropped the ball