The Wisconsin Badgers have secured a commitment from Arkansas Razorbacks standout linebacker Jaheim Thomas, he announced on Thursday.
Thomas, a rising redshirt senior, led Arkansas with 90 tackles, while also recording 3.5 sacks and two interceptions this past season.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thomas was initially at Cincinnati before transferring after head coach Luke Fickell accepted the job at Wisconsin, choosing Arkansas as his next destination,
Now, he’s reuniting with Fickell and defensive coordinator Mike Tressel at Wisconsin, where he’ll immediately project as one of the team’s top linebackers in the latter’s preferred 3-3-5 system.
The Badgers have looked to hit the transfer portal hard at linebacker, going after outside linebackers Leon Lowery and John Pius before landing inside linebackers Jahsiah Galvan and Sebastian Cheeks.
Now, they’ll add Thomas to the mix, and they may not be done, as the Badgers are still in contact with USC transfer Tackett Curtis, looking to secure a visit in the near future.
Wisconsin is looking to revamp their linebacker room after last year’s group didn’t really fit Tressel’s vision for his defense. Starters Maema Njongmeta and Jordan Turner are both leaving, with the former forgoing his final year of college, while the latter is transferring to Michigan State.
Thomas is the ninth transfer to commit to Wisconsin in this cycle.