Jeff Badet was starting to get frustrated.
Every day, the Orlando Freedom wide receiver would log into see his social media accounts and see local recruits stacking up offer upon offer.
All the while, he was still waiting for a single offer.
It’s not that Badet wasn’t happy for his peers. More so, he couldn’t understand why he was being overlooked.
That changed Wednesday when FIU offered him in person at the Miami campus, giving Badet his first college scholarship offer.
“I was relieved,” said Badet, who visited FIU with teammates Kevin Maurice (OL) and Lee Grant (WR/DB) as well as Orlando Boone’s Alton Meeks (QB/LB). “I could finally breathe because I’m now on the radar. Basically, [FIU head coach Mario Cristobal] told me that he really, really wants to see me in a Panthers jersey, that I’d look good in navy blue and gold.”
Badet said he was impressed with FIU’s campus the what the school has planned for future construction and upgrades.
“I feel like it would be a nice fit,” he said. “Once I’d get there, everything would be in place. I’m really looking at FIU. I like the campus, coaches … it feels like a home. I have family down in Miami.”
At times, Badet seriously wondered when and even if he would get an offer.
“To be honest, not to sound cocky or anything, I was tired of refreshing my (Twitter and Facebook) timeline and looking at these kids that are getting all these offers, while I’m just standing here wondering what did they do that I didn’t do,” Badet said. “If anything, I had a better year than most receivers out here.”
It’s a fair complaint. Badet has been a productive receiver for several seasons now and dominated multiple games during the 2011 season, in which he logged 718 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
The biggest obstacle keeping Badet down to this point has been his size. At 5-11, 170-pounds, Badet has respectable size but colleges likely have a hard time judging if he is a legit 5-11 on film.
He is, but coaches still want to see if he passes the eye-ball test in person.
“They want to come in the spring to see if I’m six-feet tall,” Badet said. “A size issue, that’s basically what it is. Me personally, I didn’t think it would be a size issue, but I guess it kind of is.
"I’m sure to get eight offers in the spring. Some of the coaches don’t even want to see me practice, they want to come see me in school and I might just get an offer off of that.”
Badet said the schools that will likely offer after seeing him in person are Louisville, Temple, Cincinnati, Purdue, Troy, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State, among others.
Ranked No. 21 on the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60, Badet has BCS-level potential as a slot wide receiver because of his quickness, consistent hands and instincts. All he needs now is to prove to college coaches that he is closer to 6-foot than 5-foot-8, which he certainly is.
Once that happens, expect Badet to be a regular on the social media timelines of recruiting reporters.
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