I can confirm that Mohamed Barry and #Wisconsin have parted ways. Academic standards at Wisconsin were an issue.— Jon McNamara (@McNamaraRivals) October 30, 2014
Here we are again with the athletic standards. Let's not get preachy -- recruiting reporting is always incomplete in the sense that we typically don't get the full picture regarding surprising circumstances. Whether it's test scores, course load or something else, we don't really know. Reports like this from Badger247 deserve to be believed in, though we don't really know more at this point.
Concerned he would be unable to meet Wisconsin's admission requirements, Barry opted to re-open his recruitment and look elsewhere. Barry is an academic qualifier.
This news isn't entirely surprising -- Barry cancelled a visit to Madison earlier this month and Kansas State quickly grew in favor as a likely destination.
Barry, a Loganville (Grayson), Ga., prospect, committed to the Badgers in June to become Wisconsin's 15th commit for 2015. Considered a three-star recruit and the No. 71 outside linebacker in the class of 2015 by 247Sports, Barry also sports offers from Kansas State, Georgia State, Marshall, N.C. State, USF, Syracuse, Wake Forest and more.
Kansas State is the critical player here; another former Wisconsin target, Tucker, Ga., cornerback Duke Shelley, committed to the Wildcats in August.
Syracuse was Barry's other finalist, and he nearly took a visit there in June. Look for Kansas State and Syracuse to become the favorites early on in his newly reopened recruitment.
We'll keep you posted with any new developments.