Badet Comtemplating More Visits

The hiring of Jay Boulware gives the indication that Wisconsin football is still going to have a presence in the state of Florida, as the new tight end coach reached out to Orlando (FL.) Freedom wide receiver Jeff Badet Saturday.

MADISON - Wisconsin under new coach Gary Andersen hasn't wasted no time in looking for talent to fill the rest of the class, and there is a new potential candidate to take one of those spots in Orlando (FL.) Freedom wide receiver Jeff Badet.

Badet has come on late with new schools entering the picture after a senior season with 64 catches for 904 yards and 17 touchdowns. "(Tight end) coach (Jay) Boulware called me letting me know that they need a big-time player like me to come in right away and perform," Badet told Badger Nation. "The program is already good, but just being that extra little spark can make the program contend for national championships. They want me to open the field for their offense and want me to spread the field for the running game. If teams stop the running game, then they could pass the ball, so basically come in to be that impact guy. He also told me the offensive coordinator really loved me and I should be hearing back from them pretty soon."

Having recruited all over the state of Florida in previous coaching stops, including at Auburn, Boulware made a great impression on Badet with his selling pitch on the program.

"He seemed like a pretty good and laid back guy," said Badet. "He was pretty much telling me the stuff that can happen with getting a degree from Wisconsin. He was also giving me a little biography about himself like how he chose to attend Texas and stuff like that. We were on the phone for a long time like 30 minutes, so it was nice."

A one-time verbal commit to South Floriday, Badet picked up offers from Iowa State, Kentucky, North Carolina State and Wake Forest since de-committing in December. Badet has also hearing from Clemson and UCLA, who he also talked to on Saturday.

"It has been kind of hectic the last couple of weeks," he said.

After canceling his visit to Iowa State, the 6-0, 170 pound Badet - is a three star recruit ranked the No. 140 wide receiver in the country by – says Kentucky is his leader heading into signing day. While he has nothing scheduled, his final visit before signing day would come down between UCLA and Wisconsin if both schools were to offer. "It will depend on how things shake out in the next couple of days," said Badet.

Badet says he's most comfortable as a slot receiver being able to take advantage of coverage mismatches against linebackers and safeties, but has also played quarterback and running back within his offense.

Saying his strengths are his speed off the line of scrimmage, field awareness and ball security, Badet recognizes that he can be a playmaker.

"I am a guy that really needs the ball, (but) I know Wisconsin is known for running the ball with having Montee Ball in the backfield," said Badet. "If I do decide for Wisconsin, then I will probably only average about 30 catches in a season.

"For a guy like me, I need more than that, but I have to look past that. I know they have a good history of winning games and winning Big Ten championships, which is huge for me. I have been keeping up with Wisconsin by them being in the Rose Bowl, so they are used to be in the ‘granddaddy of them all,' so they look good. I have to look at those types of things."

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