"The new offensive coordinator got hold of my highlight tapes from my junior and senior seasons, and he told me that he was really impressed by the amount of improvement that I had made," Badet said of UK assistant Neal Brown. "He told me that I'd be a perfect fit for the offense that they're going to run, and I know that's the Texas Tech offense, so as a receiver, I was pretty excited about that.
"He also told me that they only have five receivers on scholarship, so there's a chance to play early at an SEC school. As a true freshman, that's big."
Badet (5-11, 170, 4.5) is coming off a huge senior season at Freedom. He caught 64 passes for 903 yards and 17 touchdowns and earned a spot in the Central Florida All-Star Game.
He originally committed to South Florida, but the whirlwind of coaching coaches since the end of the season led him to re-open the recruiting process.
"I'm still talking to (USF)," Badet said, "but I decided that I needed to take a few other visits and make sure that I make the right decision for me."
Earlier in his recruitment, Badet entertained offers from programs like Louisville, Boston College, Marshall, Memphis and Minnesota, as well as strong interest from Nebraska. He has trimmed the list down a bit and plans to visit Wake Forest on January 11, UK on January 18 and N.C. State on January 25.
"I don't have a favorite yet," Badet said. "I'll need to wait to see them on my visits before I can say that."
Asked what he'll be looking for on his visits, Badet added: "Just the overall atmosphere, how I fit in with everybody and whether I can see myself at that school for the next four or five years. I want to see the relationships and how the coaches and players interact, stuff like that. Also, the academic side. I want to see what's going on with their business program. I'm looking to go into marketing and finance."
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