Badet on Pack's Radar

NC State is making Orlando (FL) Freedom wide receiver Jeff Badet, who had committed to South Florida over the summer before recently decommitting, a priority.

NC State is making Orlando (FL) Freedom wide receiver Jeff Badet, who had committed to South Florida over the summer before recently decommitting, a priority.

Badet made the decision to decommit when South Florida fired head coach Skip Holtz, but he is still considering the Bulls.

"I decommitted from USF, but they are still in my top five," said Badet. "I've been on the phone with coach Taggart, and he said he's still going to recruit me hard. He said I'm still one of their top guys.

"We haven't talked about their offensive plan yet, but he told me that if I went there they would get the ball in my hands."

Badet originally held offers from programs like Boston College, Louisville, Marshall, Memphis, and Minnesota when he picked the Bulls, but now some other teams have joined the mix.

"It's still all of those but I'm now talking to NC State, Wake Forest, Kentucky, and Nebraska too," said Badet. "NC State, Wake Forest, and Kentucky have already offered me a scholarship."

According to Badet, NC State head coach Dave Doeren and assistant Frisman Jackson are recruiting him for the Wolfpack.

"I've been talking to the head coach, coach Doeren," said Badet. "I like him... he talked about how they need receivers and that I'm the No. 1 receiver left on their board. That meant a lot to me... for the head coach to say that.

"We have talked about the offense. He said they ran an Oregon-style offense at Northern Illinois with some running like they do at Wisconsin mixed in. I can definitely see myself in that style of offense... that sounds good to me."

Frisman Jackson was recently hired by the Wolfpack as receivers coach. What does Badet think of Jackson?

"He seems like a real cool guy," Badet said. "We were talking about how he played in the NFL. I mean, I feel like we can share a bond if I went there.

"Coach Jackson said he's going to come down and meet me when he can, after their bowl game against Florida State, and talk to me some more... get to know me some more."

Another potential factor in Badet's future decision could be what four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard chooses to do. Good friends, both Woulard and Badet, who originally played together at Freedom High School before Woulard transferred to Winter Park, had been committed to South Florida prior to decommitting.

Now both are considering South Florida and NC State among other schools.

"Asiantii is a good friend," said Badet. "I talk to him almost every day about recruiting, but I'm not basing my decision on him.

"We've talked about NC State, and I know he likes the school. He's already taken his official visit there and was telling me about it. He's still looking at USF too like me, but we're going to make our own decisions. I feel like if we did go to the same school we'd have that chemistry... we could go there and do it big."

Badet had a huge senior season for Freedom. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder finished the year with 64 catches for 903 yards and 17 touchdowns, and he is a perfect fit in the slot in a spread system.

He says that he has scheduled official visits to Wake Forest (Jan. 11) and NC State (Jan. 17), and he plans on setting a trip for the weekend of January 25th, but he doesn't know yet where.

As of now, there are no favorites or a timeframe for making a decision.

"I want to go to a place where I can see myself in their style of offense," he said. "I also want to come in and try to play right away. Plus, can I see myself living there?"

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