Oswego (Illinois) East head coach Tyson LeBlanc knew early on that he would have Jared Badie on his varsity team for four years. Badie is now one of the more heavily recruited players in Illinois, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound outside linebacker with the same athleticism that LeBlanc saw in middle school.
“I knew as soon as I met him in eighth grade that I’d be pulling him up to varsity,” LeBlanc said. “He was a kid that had the ‘it.’ He was long, lean, and you could see the athleticism. The first time I got to see him move, he was playing basketball and when you walk in the gym and see an eighth-grade kid run down the middle of the lane dunking, that’s something that’s few and far between. I knew he was special.”
At that point, LeBlanc thought he had a special wide receiver. Badie was injured and missed his whole freshman year, though. When he returned, East had established receivers who were returning that season, but they were shifting to a 3-4 defense, which presented the perfect opportunity to use Badie’s length and athletic ability as an outside linebacker.
Colleges felt similarly about his ability to set the edge. Teams who run a 3-4 are recruiting him at that same outside linebacker position. Teams who run even fronts see him as a weakside defensive end.
Badie now has 15 scholarship offers. June official visits will help him determine where he is headed for college. He has Michigan State scheduled for June 25 with Illinois, Minnesota and Texas Tech also currently on the calendar.
The Spartans have recruited him hard, which has led to that official being scheduled.
“They continue to apply pressure and make sure that it’s known that I’m a priority to them,” he told Spartan Tailgate’s Justin Thind. “I had a really great Zoom meeting with coach Mel Tucker and we spoke for almost an hour. Any time a head coach takes that much time out of his day to speak to me exclusively, it really speaks volumes on how much I mean to them.”
The state of Illinois did not play high school football until the spring. Badie was a known commodity with offers just following his sophomore year, but once schools saw him with an additional year of experience and training on his junior film, the heat was turned up even more.
“His athleticism flashes,” LeBlanc said. “I think some of the bigger schools had hesitation with him not having that early junior film, but he’s a kid that when you see him, he passes the eyeball test. Really, the weight room has been a lot of it. He puts effort in there. He is a multi-sport athlete, so he balances the time between football, basketball and weight room. His leadership grew (as a junior), not just what was expected from us but his teammates look to him for leadership.”
After his visits, Badie will have a better idea of what the schools recruiting him have to offer. He started to receive more offers just as COVID-19 was beginning and as a result, has had little to no in-person exposure to the programs on his list. The virtual visits have helped bridge the gap until now.
“I think it’s helped in terms of developing relationships with coaches, but coaches aren’t guaranteed to be there for the duration of your schooling, so getting on campus is huge,” LeBlanc said. “Especially when you’re talking about full-scholarship athletes, they aren’t worried about the money piece, so take that away and it’s what your gut says and not being able to get on campus takes away some of that gut feeling.”
Badie is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 10 rising senior recruit in the state of Illinois.
Spartans offer 2023 QB
Michigan State has offered Austin (Texas) Lake Travis quarterback Bo Edmundson. The Spartans are his eighth offer with Penn State, Purdue, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa, Utah and UTSA also offering.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect with a snappy release, Edmundson passed for 1,409 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore in the fall while completing 68% of his passes.
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson is recruiting Edmundson for the Spartans.
MSU signed quarterback Hampton Fay out of Texas in the 2021 class.
4-star O-lineman offered
Lee’s Summit (Missouri) North class of 2023 offensive lineman Cayden Green has added an offer from Michigan State to his fast-growing list.
Green (6-6, 300 pounds) is a four-star prospect per the 247Sports composite and has 16 offers. Oregon, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are some of the other schools that have offered.
He is still working out his summer visits but a trip to East Lansing is now a possibility.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.
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