South Jersey Ath attracting heavy attention

Speed, strength, explosiveness, and athletic ability is a general description of what many college coaches are looking for from an athlete. This South Jersey product has the ability of either side of the ball.

College coaches define an athlete as a player who has the ability to play a number of positions and his abilities are so good that a position will be found for him. At 6'0"-175lbs and 4.5 speed in the forty yard dash, Andrew Badger is one of those players who can be defined as an athlete. As a RB last year, he ran for 1,027 yards on 123 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns and 6 touchdown receiving. On defense, he is a hard hitting safety who registered 65 tackles and one INT. As far as which position or side of the ball in college he would like to play, he states that he would like to play defense. He regards his strength as his speed and his ability to make open field tackles.

His abilities have attracted some very heavy interest from program such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida, Rutgers and Louisville. Although it is still very early in the recruiting process, Badger has started to create a list of favorites. He lists his favorites as Ohio State, Michigan State, and Rutgers.

Due to his participation on his high school's basketball team, he been limited in the number of Junior Day events that he could attend. However, he did get the opportunity to visit the Rutgers Junior Day. He enjoyed that visit to the New Brunswick campus especially the facilities and the atmosphere. Over the next few months, Badger intends to take unofficial visits to Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Louisville.

Badger has three criteria of selecting a school. They are as follows:

  • Academics - The program has to have a good Criminal Justice program.
  • Coaches - Looking for a program where he can develop a good relationship with the coaches.
  • Climate - A school where the temperature does not get too hot or too cold.

During the summer, Badger plans on attending a number of camps along with combines in the spring. He is still determining which schools and combines to attend.

Note: Badger plays shooting guard for his basketball team. As a reserve, he averages 6.0 per game and 2.0 assists. He is also a member of his high school's track team. Some of his best performances are:

  • Javelin - 156'
  • Long jump - 21'10"
  • 400-meter - 49.6

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