Game Changer: WR Elijhah Badger puts a bow on Florida Gators transfer class

by | May 17, 2024 | 0 comments

Transfer wide receiver Elijhah Badger has committed to the Florida Gators, choosing them over Arizona and Washington. Ranked as the 79th overall player and 12th best wide receiver from the transfer portal, Badger is expected to compete for a starting position in Billy Napier’s offense. The Gators are looking to replace the output from Ricky Pearsall and add a downfield threat to enhance the passing game for fellow receiver Tre Wilson.

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Badger, standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 190 pounds, recorded 65 catches for 713 yards and three touchdowns for the Sun Devils last season. In 2022, he had an even stronger performance, taking over for the departed transfers Ricky Pearsall and Johnnie Wilson. He ended the season with 70 catches for 866 yards and seven touchdown catches. Over the past two seasons, he has made a total of 135 catches for 1,579 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. This accomplishment is especially noteworthy considering the Sun Devils rotated through five different quarterbacks during this time.

Badger did not play in the last game of the 2023 season after sustaining a back injury. He was not active in the first few practices this spring for Arizona State as he worked his way back from that ailment. But he had started doing more skill work late in spring before deciding to enter the transfer portal.

In high school, Badger distinguished himself as an exceptional player at Folsom in Sacramento, California, becoming one of the most notable athletes in the school’s history. By the time of his graduation, he had amassed 3,398 receiving yards over 183 receptions and had scored 52 receiving touchdowns.

During his senior year, he further excelled, accumulating 1,386 receiving yards, a feat that ranked him 19th in the state of California. He also achieved 20 touchdowns on 79 catches. His outstanding performance was instrumental in leading Folsom to victory in the Division I-AA of the California State Championship. As per the On3 Industry Rankings for the 2020 cycle, he was evaluated as a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 120 overall player in America. Meanwhile, 247 Sports ranked him 141st overall and the third best Athlete nationally.

Badger, who was expected to be one of the top wideouts in the Big 12 this fall for the Sun Devils, still has two more seasons of eligibility. However, if he has a successful senior year for the Gators he could potentially be drafted a year from now.


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