Mark Stoops continues to recruit at the highest level Kentucky football has ever seen, and tonight he secured a commitment from Orlando Freedom wide receiver Jeff Badet. The former South Florida commitment has received 3-star grades from ESPN, Scout, and Rivals. He had offers from Nebraska, Wake Forrest, Illinois, Louisville, Iowa State, and UCLA among others. Badet originally decommitted from South Florida in December 2012 after pleding to the Bulls in August.
Badet was high on UK because of offense that offensive coordinator Neal Brown runs, and on his visit to UK a few weeks ago, he spent time with Brown talking about
I got to meet with Coach Brown and he showed me how they would use me on offense. The plays they run are really familiar. They run some of the same plays we ran on the Freedom offense and so I wouldn’t have to worry about memorizing new plays too much.
Badet is ranked as the 13th-best prospect on the Orlando Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super 60:
Made huge strides during his senior season for a Freedom squad that made it into the Class 8A playoffs. When it comes to stretching the field, few are better than Badet, who routinely takes a 10-yard slant and goes the distance as linebackers flail at his path. Sure hands and speed. Central Florida All-Star. Sentinel All-Central Florida 1st team.
During his live commitment heard on CBS Sports 810 AM, Badet said his bond with UK players and having the opportunity to get early playing-time with only 5 scholarship receivers on the roster were big reasons for his commitment to the Cats.