Now Badger is at the forefront of the process himself, with four offers under his belt and the likelihood high that more could be coming.
BYU was the first out of the gate and then Utah followed suit.
"BYU and Utah were the first two to offer me last summer, I definitely like those schools. I have ties to both schools. I really have ties to a lot of different places actually. Two of my siblings went to BYU, my dad worked at Utah and my brother went to medical school at Utah. Right now, BYU and Utah are big players," said Badger.
He was sitting on the two in-state offers until earlier this month, when Florida State joined the mix.
"I talked to Coach (Mickey) Andrews, and he really liked how physical I am and how I hit and so he offered me verbally and I should be getting the written offer here soon," said Badger. "That one was kind of a surprise, I wasn't really expecting it."
A few days later, Oregon extended an offer.
"The Oregon one I was expecting that one," said Badger. "Coach (John) Neal offered me. I had a great time up there and they got my film and Coach Neal said he had to show it to the other coaches. After he showed it, he said it was unanimous to offer me so that was really exciting."
Then earlier this week, Cal made it five for Badger.
"I got home (on Tuesday) and found a scholarship to Cal in the mail," said Badger.
"My brother went to Stanford and I'm really interested in them," said Badger. "I went to UCLA's camp last summer and did really well. I knew Coach (Norm) Chow because he lived in my neighborhood when he was at BYU. And I've been to LSU for an unofficial and talked with Coach (Gary) Crowton. I went down when Xavier (Su'a-Filo) took his official visit there.
Badger said he hopes to know all of his options fairly soon, so he can make a preseason choice.
"The latest I'd like to make my choice is September," said Badger. "I'm looking to making it fairly early, before my season starts so I can keep focus on our team. We've been undefeated since I started playing there and hopefully we won't lost next year either. Since the season ended, a lot of the younger guys have really stepped up. I'll play some receiver next year and our defense is going to be great. Our JV has been undefeated so we're looking pretty good."
Badger was a big part of the Timpview state title team in 2008, leading the team in tackles with 74, picking off two passes and forcing two fumbles.
This spring, he'll be busy with camps and combines.
"I'll be in Vegas for the 7-on-7 tournament and that should be fun. I did it last year. And I'll do one Scout Combine and one Nike Camp and then this summer, I'll probably pick two, maybe three schools that I'm interested in and do their camps," said Badger.
Academically, Badger is carrying a 3.8 GPA with two AP classes and honor classes and the SAT and ACT scheduled for the spring.