Badejo talks SMU visit, recruitment

Mansfield Timberview outside linebacker Michael Badejo talked about his SMU interest and his recruitment heating up!

2016 Mansfield Timberview outside linebacker Michael Badejo has seen his recruitment heat up lately and is poised to visit TCU tomorrow for their spring game as well as SMU on Saturday for a practice. Badejo is looking forward to making connections with SMU’s new coaching staff.

“I really want to be comfortable with the staff and I want to see how much love they show me,” the 6-3, 220-pound linebacker said. “Also, with the players — basically whichever staff and players show me the most love, that’s where I’ll feel comfortable. Once I feel comfortable, then I’ll get used to how they roll and stuff.”

Offensive coordinator Joe Craddock has been in contact with Badejo a few times, but the real connection is with SMU signee and Mansfield Timberview receiver Myron Gailliard.

“That’s a plus for me because now since he’s going there, I can text him and call him and ask him how they’re treating him up there,” Badejo said. “I’ve been talking to him lately asking how they looked lately. He said you’re going to see for yourself and you can go see for yourself. He didn’t want to tell me. It’s cool out there and the staff is cool. That’s what he was telling me.”

SMU’s new coaching staff is also a good thing for Badejo, who would welcome early playing time.

“It’s a big plus because that’s the same way with Texas Tech with their new staff that’s young. You can get along with them easier,” Badejo said.

Badejo wants to stay in Texas so his family and friends can come see him play.

Badejo was very “comfortable” at Texas Tech this week and is going to get a visit from the Red Raider staff next week to watch him move at linebacker.

“He told me he’s going to see me once he sees me move around at linebacker because that’ll be my first time. I was thinking about committing there.”

Army, Air Force, Boise State, Louisville, Iowa, Texas State, Washington, Louisiana Lafayette and Pittsburgh have offered Badejo. Oregon, Arkansas, Kansas State and Iowa State have also showed interest.

Outside linebacker and defensive end are both positions Badejo can play with his speed, but it’s his mental part of the game that helps him the most.

“When it comes down to it, I’m really the one everyone is looking up to for what to do. I’m the leader on the team defensively. I’m talking to the whole team like, ‘hey, who wants it more?”

Badejo doesn’t have any visits set right now aside from this weekend.

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