Excessive Faculty Soccer: Illinois soccer recruit Jared Badie has the instruments to succeed
When it came to his college path, Jared Badie went the easy way.
The Oswego East Senior is one of the best two-way athletes in the state. He is a three-star linebacker in football ranked # 14 in the state on the composite reviews of 247Sports.com. He’s also a combo guard who plays AAU basketball for Team Rose.
The 6-5, 220-pounder knew he had to go one way or the other for college. He went with soccer and became Illinois coach Bret Bielema’s seventh recruit in the 2022 class last week.
Why soccer? This is the sport that Badie shows the most love.
“The thing it sold me was when basketball recruitment slowed down and stopped due to COVID and my injury, football seemed to pick up and keep growing,” Badie said via text message. “That’s when I realized that football would be the one that could take me to places I wanted to go.”
He noticed another difference between the sports.
“I think everything I do in football is incredibly natural,” said Badie. “Everything is instinct. I started playing soccer and basketball in kindergarten and I wasn’t always good at basketball. I really had to work for it.
“In soccer, from the minute I picked up the ball, I can remember that I was one of the better kids in my area.”
Oswego East coach Tyson LeBlanc expects Badie to go defensive in college and fit in well with the Illinois.
“Your scheme is very similar to what we operated,” said LeBlanc.
Badie’s rare combination of size and speed – he has a 4.5 40 according to LeBlanc – means he could have a future beyond college.
“Of the guys I trained who were allowed to play on Sundays, he’s very close in terms of sport,” said LeBlanc.
In the meantime, Badie will have a double duty for the wolves this fall.
“I originally started on the offensive and grew up to be an offensive player,” said Badie, who can field on the tight end or h-back. “So it will definitely be fun to go back to my roots.”
Warrens Maurice Edwards en route to the SEC
Warren running back Maurice Edwards announced on Twitter that he is committed to Vanderbilt.
Edwards, a 6-foot, 198-pounder, is No. 16 among Illinois Seniors on the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is also number 60 in his class in the country.
“His advantage as a running back is phenomenal,” said Warren coach Bryan McNulty. “If Maurice had had a regular junior year in the fall, he would have had 15 offers in the summer.”
Edwards shows a fascinating mix of speed – he ran a 4.41 40 – and strength.
“He can run away from you and he’s stronger than he looks,” McNulty said.
Marist’s Carnell Tate narrows its list
Carnell Tate, who played with Marist for a year before joining IMG Academy in Florida before his sophomore season, is one of the elite players in the 2023 class. The 6-2, 185-pound wide receiver is # 8 Wide receivers and No. 51 among all juniors nationally.
Last week, Tate announced its last 10 schools on Twitter, and the list includes Illinois and Notre Dame. The others still in the running, in alphabetical order, are Florida State, Louisiana State, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Texas.