The Oklahoma Sooners received some good news on Tuesday morning, as former Kentucky wide receiver Jeff Badet announced his intention to transfer to Oklahoma! Badet will be eligible immediately as a grad transfer and could help fill the big playmaking void left by Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook.
Same goals. Same mindset. Different location. #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/qMZoIM8JwG— Jeff Badet (@uk_jb4) March 28, 2017
A huge addition to our WR corps today! Bringing that #OUDNA from out East!!!— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) March 28, 2017
Badet led Kentucky’s run-heavy offense with 670 receiving yards (at nearly 22 yards per reception) and nearly in 2016, and he’s definitely someone who has the talent to be Oklahoma’s go-to receiver in 2017. He’s not a huge guy (6-0, 180), but he has an innate ability to high-point the ball and win jump-ball battles. He also has great hands to go along with good speed and open-field ability. Basically, Badet has all the tools to be another impactful grad transfer at the receiver position at Oklahoma, following in the footsteps of Justin Brown and Geno Lewis.
OU is a pretty appealing destination for any receiver looking to put up some big numbers, but you have to think the Stoops family connection helped a little bit in this instance. As all of you are likely aware, Bob Stoops’ brother Mark is the head coach at Kentucky. If he was cool with Mark (which by all accounts he was), it’s easy to imagine him being comfortable with Bob. Lincoln Riley also laid out quite a pitch for Badet on his visit, and I guess it was enough to get him to cancel his future visits to Oregon and Virginia Tech.
This is an addition that Oklahoma fans should be ecstatic about, as he will be able to immediately fill the role of outside receiver in Lincoln Riley’s offense. If OU wasn’t the runaway favorite to win the Big 12 before this news, this may have sealed the deal.