On paper, pairing former Kentucky wide receiver Jeff Badet with Oklahoma seems like a perfect match for his one year left of eligibility.
We’ll see if the paper is right. Badet announced earlier this week he is going to be a graduate transfer for the Sooners and eligible to play for OU during the 2017 season.
Give a lot of credit to OU coaches Cale Gundy, Dennis Simmons and Lincoln Riley for this one. They did a fantastic job during Badet’s visit was really breaking down why OU should be the spot for him. Badet had visits planned for Virginia Tech and Oregon, but those obviously won’t occur now.
The coaches constructed charts detailing how OU compares rather favorably with some of the other schools Badet was considering.
Gundy is always the first contact, and Badet said he had been in touch with Gundy as much as possible throughout this process, but it was key for Riley and Simmons to make their pitch, too.
Simmons holds a lot of cache right now as the man who helped develop Dede Westbrook into OU’s first Biletnikoff Award winner, given to the nation’s best receiver.
So it made a lot of sense for Badet to consider the Sooners, and then flip it and see it’s the right move for OU to consider Badet.
Badet is someone who can stretch the field. The thought of having Badet and Marquise Brown on the field at the same time should give defenses a cause for concern. You can try to lock down one, but stopping both of them from using their speed doesn’t sound possible.
You look at Badet’s numbers of 31 catches for 670 yards and four touchdowns and what you see is the right guy at the wrong place. Averaging more than 21 yards per catch is impressive no matter what level, but averaging more than 21 yards per catch means you should be receiving more looks.
Now it’s hard to say whether it was Kentucky’s scheme or its quarterback play as to why Badet’s numbers didn’t leap off the page, but it shouldn’t be the case for the Sooners.
Add in Badet to the arsenal of weapons for quarterback Baker Mayfield, and it’s makes all the sense in the world for OU fans to be excited and for OU to take this graduate transfer gamble one more time.
It worked with Justin Brown. It worked with Geno Lewis. OU is hoping for the trifecta with Badet, who won’t arrive at OU until after the spring semester.
He was used in a variety of ways with the Wildcats. Screens, reverses, deep balls. They knew his potential, and now OU is in a spot where it can maximize it.