Badie Camps with Green Wave

FoxSportsNEXT spoke with RB Sherman Badie both prior to - and following - Tulane's football camp that kicked off late last week and continued on through much of the weekend. At one time, Badie was believed to be on the cusp of committing to Tulane. Go inside to see what Badie had to say about camping with the Green Wave on Saturday, and what he was expecting from the event from the outset.

Sherman Badie picked up an early Tulane offer, and he's the top-producing back in a vastly-deep and talented John Curtis Christian backfield.

Last year, Badie got almost a "first down and a half" - 14.24 yards per carry if you're scoring along at home - a grand total of 1,239 yards rushing on 87 carries (in 14 games: all victories for the Patriots).

Badie had a modest start in week one versus 2010 4A state champ Franklinton, toting the ball twice for 10 yards in squall-like, monsoon conditions that were battering Muss Bertolino Playground in Kenner, Louisiana, where Curtis holds many of its home games.

The River Ridge-based Patriots also play home games at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie, which has been the site of several postseason showdowns for Curtis. Yenni seats a greater capacity crowd than either Bertolino, or Jefferson Playground.

John Curtis is located in the suburb of River Ridge, which is nestled southeast of Kenner, southwest of Metairie, and a handful of miles west of New Orleans and the Superdome.

The Superdome has played host to many but not all of John Curtis Christian's 24 state title games. That number (24 state championships) is easily the best among all Louisiana programs, despite the fact that Curtis hasn't been around nearly as long as venerable New Orleans private school institutions Jesuit and Holy Cross and many other "old-school", in-state programs (like Byrd HS of Shreveport).

Curtis, with RBs like Badie powering the program's patented split-back veer-option, has captured those 24 first-place trophies in 29 state championship game appearances.

After only getting a couple of touches in his team's 34-0 shutout of Franklinton in the 2011 opener, Badie picked up the pace considerably, going for 68 yards on only three attempts in a week two win over 5A playoff team Westgate.

That was followed by a nine-carry, 134-yard effort (14.89 ypc) on the road vs. 5A playoff club East Saint John in week three.

In the East Saint John game, a 27-18 win for John Curtis, Badie faced current Tulane DB Darion Monroe, who was also the star starting QB for the Wildcats.

"Tulane's coaches really like me," said Badie, who tabbed the Green Wave as his favorite before he even got an offer. "Their camp went really well. I got in good work during the one-on-one's, and I caught every pass thrown my way.

"The coaches were more about (pointing out) the small (finer) things like running high and tight with the ball. The Tulane coaches liked how I kept my eye on the ball and showed concentration when the ball was in the air. The staff said I'm a good player, and I'm willing to work hard to get even better."

What exactly is the status of Badie's recruitment when it comes to Tulane?

As of Wednesday morning, it's unclear, because Badie has not responded to attempts made to contact him on Monday.

At one point, there was talk from several sources, including Badie, that he and teammate Duke Riley ('13 three-star LB) would commit on Monday at Tulane.

On Sunday night, Badie said that "Duke had a good time. He likes Trent Mackey, the Tulane linebacker (who transferred from Duke University by way of Carencro High School). Tulane's a good school, and their players were cool. Duke and I noticed how cool the players at Tulane were when we were there for camp."

Badie and Riley were expected by many people, including myself, to pull the trigger with a pledge to Tulane on Monday, but Riley - when reached late Monday afternoon - said, in so many words, that it was a miscommunication. He (Riley) is not ready to commit yet.

Reportedly, the Tulane staff hopes to go ahead and lock up Badie's verbal if he's still inclined to stay the course.

Although Tulane is not necessarily taking a RB in the '13 class, they're taking Badie, according to sources. It's been related that Coach Curtis Johnson would first try Badie at DB or LB as a true frosh because he (Badie) is simply too good to redshirt and keep off the field.

"The Tulane coaches are hoping to pick-up Malachi and Terrence ('14 WR Malachi Dupre and '14 CB Terrence Alexander) at some point," said Badie. "They both have offers. Terrence got his at the camp. The Tulane coaches want to build a bond with the local talent in New Orleans.

"C.J. (Curtis Johnson) said I'm not sitting out as a freshman. He wants me to possibly play defense my first year as a DB and then move to RB. Tulane loves my size."

Badie is a shade under 6-0 and approximately 200 to 205 lbs. He placed fifth in the 100 meters at the Class 2A outdoor state track meet this year for Curtis, which won both the indoor and outdoor 2A crowns. In the indoor 55 meters this year, he came in third behind only elite sprinters Jeryl Brazil (LSU commit from Loranger HS) and Chris Lewis (Lakeside HS in Sibley).

To take it a step further, Badie beat teammate Richard Allen ('13 CB) head-to-head in that same 55-meter dash, and Allen can fly. At the last New Orleans Under Armour Combine, Allen clocked a sizzling electronic 4.38 in the 40.

Badie has offers from Memphis, Tulane, Minnesota, North Texas, Arkansas State and more, and the Ragin' Cajuns in Lafayette have been pursuing him hard lately (and could have offered within the past 48 hours).

Ole Miss is also showing interest, although the Rebels already have one committed RB from Louisiana in the '13 class: Carver prospect Eugene Brazley. Will the Rebels take another Louisiana back, or could they offer Badie as a defensive player?

Badie broke free for 156 yards on a mere half-dozen tries vs. Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) in a 48-0 week five onslaught in 2011. The following week, Badie gashed Brazley's old team, the Carver Rams, to the tune of 148 yards on five paltry rushes.

John Curtis trailed early in that game but battled back to win going away, 60-20. Badie had three touchdowns, which tied for his season-high. He also had three scoring jaunts vs. Kinder (nine carries, 115 yards) in a 41-14 quarterfinal romp over the Yellow Jackets.

In the aforementioned Riverside and Carver games, Badie averaged a gaudy (and improbable) 26 and 29.6 yards per carry, respectively.

On a side note, Carver RB Brazley (and WR Raheem Falkins, an Alabama commit), will have to transfer to a new school if they want to play as seniors, because the Desire-Neighborhood public school is dropping football and changing both its face and name (taken over by the New Orleans Recovery School District).

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