UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Jacobs reportedly providing alcohol to a recruit does not constitute a recruiting violation, per Wisconsin. Rather, the issue is a violation of the football program's recruiting visit policies. Each school may devise its own policy, but when there are violations, schools are required to report them to the Big Ten. This information has been updated below.
Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Leon Jacobs has been disciplined for providing alcohol to a former Wisconsin football recruit, Channel 3000 reported Thursday. According to the report, UW plans to alert the Big Ten of the recruiting situation.
The former recruit is Dominic Cizauskas, who was convicted by a Dane County jury on Wednesday of third-degree sexual assault. Jacobs told jurors at the trial that he was hosting Cizauskas on a recruiting visit and provided the alcohol before the two went out to a party. Cizauskas, a 2014 Mukwonago High School graduate who gave a verbal commitment to Wisconsin on June 19, 2013, but never signed a Letter of Intent, committed the assault on a woman in a university dorm room later that night. From Channel 3000:
Kacobs told jurors his job as the student host of Cizauskas was to "show him a good time." He said he met the recruit at a residence hall where they both consumed four to five shots of spiced rum before walking to a party hosted by members of the track team where Cizauskas consumed another alcoholic drink.
In a statement emailed to News 3, Alvarez wrote, "University of Wisconsin-Madison Recruiting Visit Policies include a prohibition on the use of alcohol during an official visit. Current student-athletes who serve as hosts to prospective student-athletes (recruits) sign a form agreeing, among other things, that alcohol will not be used during the visit."
"The football student-athlete (Leon Jacobs) who hosted the recruiting visit in question violated our policy. Upon learning of the violation, Leon was immediately disciplined."
After playing in 13 games as a freshman, Jacobs is widely considered a potential star in the making for the Badgers' defense. After losing Chris Borland and Conor O'Neill to graduation, Jacobs is expected to step into an important backup role at inside linebacker.
Wisconsin has been unable to comment on Cizauskas' situation due to a NCAA rule prohibiting schools from discussing recruits who have not signed a Letter of Intent.