A Class of 2016 linebacker will not be with the Wisconsin Badgers next season.
Freshman inside linebacker Dallas Jeanty was granted his release from Wisconsin and intends to transfer, a UW official confirmed to B5Q on Saturday. Badger247 and 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow first reported the news, with the Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Galloway also confirming with a UW official.
Jeanty, a 5’11, 232-pound linebacker, did not play during the 2016 season after enrolling early at Wisconsin last January. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was a three-star recruit who played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl before his Badgers career.
In an interview with BadgerNation.com’s Ben Worgull on Saturday, Jeanty revealed it was time to leave Madison:
An early enrollee in the 2016 recruiting class, the Fort Lauderdale native said he and head coach Paul Chryst believd both sides needed a fresh start during a late-season meeting.
“It was a few things that put me in this direction,” Jeanty told BadgerNation. “Just being a freshman in college, I didn’t prioritize things and make sure I was on time for the things.”
The linebacker also told BadgerNation.com that he’s currently looking at several programs, including “UConn, Jacksonville State, Miami (Ohio), Navy, Syracuse and Central Florida.”
Jeanty’s transfer won’t affect the two-deep in the depth chart at inside linebacker, as Jack Cichy, T.J. Edwards, Chris Orr, Leon Jacobs and Ryan Connelly all are returning for the 2017 season. Even with Cichy and Orr suffering season-ending injuries last year, Connelly and Jacobs stepped up to fill the position admirably. True freshman Griffin Grady was also listed on the two-deep at the end of the season.