Jeff Badet taking a look at Louisville


Three-star athlete Jeff Badet (Orlando, Fla./Freedom) is finished with his senior season on the field and is now preparing to take some official visits.

"We got knocked out in the first round, but it was a good senior year overall,” Badet explained. “We had our good moments and it was a lot of fun.”

The 6-foot, 162-pound speedster has been committed to South Florida since August but always said he would take some official visits before national signing day.

"I’ve talked to Louisville, Illinois and Western Kentucky this week, but I haven't set anything up,” Badet added. “I’m going to set up something first with Louisville and we’re working on dates for that right now.

“After that I think Illinois will be my next visit, and that’s as far as I’m going.”

Badet is keeping his eye on all the changes in the college football landscape. He had interest in Boston College but that appears to have waned with the firing of head coach Frank Spaziani and likely staff changes there.

He is also monitoring the situation at South Florida, as head coach Skip Holtz is finishing up his second straight losing season, and rumors have swirled about his job security in recent weeks.

Badet’s commitment to the Bulls, however, isn’t tied into the fate of South Florida’s third-year head coach.

“I talk with Coach Holtz from time-to-time, usually when he sees me at games,” Badet said. “However it’s really about the relationship I have with coach [Larry] Scott and some of the other coaches on the staff.”

Either way the Bulls could find themselves in a fight to keep Badet in its recruiting class down the stretch. And with today’s announcement of Louisville’s move to the ACC, that fight just got tougher.

“I’m really interested in Louisville right now,” Badet added. “I think that program is only going to get better. I’m still committed to USF but I’m keeping all my options open.”