Chris Badger (6-0, 183, 4.6), a member of Timpview High's current dynasty team amongst the Utah high school football ranks, will be one of the hottest names at the safety spot to come out of the area next season.
As a sophomore, Badger was in on 51 tackles, and he picked off three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two more.
His stock started to rise when he was named the Defensive Player of the Game in the Class 4A State Championship, and some strong showings this past summer resulted in his first and only two offers up to this point.
With offers already in from BYU and Utah, the Provo-native is keeping his recruitment process moving as the season progresses.
"I am hoping to get down to LSU for the Alabama game in November," said Badger, who estimates that he has more than 50 tackles during his junior campaign. "Xavier [Su'a-Filo] is one of my closest friends and teammates, so I would make the trip down with him."
Su'a-Filo, the anchor on Timpview's offensive line, has been close to the Tiger program throughout the recruiting game.
Badger is already on that same path.
"I camped in Baton Rouge last summer," Badger said. "Everything went well, and I really like things down there. I knew that Xavier had been offered, and I always wanted to play ball at a big time school like LSU.”
The Tigers are believed to be in good shape with Su’a-Filo heading into his official visit and if LSU could land the big 4-star tackle then it could help with pulling Badger down south.
“If Xavier ended up there, that would be an even bigger plus,” said Badger. “It would definitely turn things up a bit. And coach [Gary] Crowton is just a great guy, as well as coach [Doug] Mallory."
While Timpview looks to continue its undefeated streak, as well as win the state championship in their three-peat campaign, Badger is trying to keep his focus away from recruiting and into each game.
"It was tough to get in a rhythm at first," Badger said. "We were blowing a lot of teams out, and I was not getting to play a lot. But we are rolling together now, and that is the key. Our team compared to last season is one of the nastiest the state has ever seen. And that is saying a lot. I am keeping my head in it and just trying to help get us the three-peat."