Committed Over: Fort Lauderdale (FL) High linebacker Dallas Jeanty committed to Wisconsin over 30-plus other offers, including ones from Columbia, Harvard, Maryland, Oregon State, South Florida and Yale.
Rated: Jeanty is projected to be ranked a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
On Film: The Sunshine State native has really dedicated time to his craft since the end of last season and passes the eye test with his chiseled frame. He is always active on the camp circuit and itching to soak up as much knowledge as he can. He's an ace in the classroom who possesses a stable of Ivy League offers as well. The linebacker will enter his senior year of high school with an eye-popping 3.9 GPA, 29 ACT and a 1920 SAT.
Measuring in at 6-foot-1.5, 218 pounds, the Fort Lauderdale standout plays sideline-to-sideline and shows good closing speed. Jeanty is an effective pass rusher coming off the edge, welcomes contact and plays with a ton of physicality in the middle of the defense. The linebacker flat out gets after it and plays with an impressive motor each time he straps on his chin strap.
Jeanty has manufactured a monster offseason, and accounts for well over two dozen scholarship offers with additional power five programs keeping a close eye on his progression, including Michigan, Miami and Rutgers. The linebacker plays with a chip on his shoulder and has made significant strides since the end of his junior campaign. – Florida Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender
Recruiting Impact: With Jeanty projected to be an inside linebacker for Wisconsin, it appears to be a race to commit between Damascus (MD) three-star athlete Jake Funk and Dublin (OH) Coffman three-star prospect Griffin Grady.
Funk visited Wisconsin last weekend and camped with the Badgers, leaving with a real appreciation for the coaching staff, the facilities and the town. Wisconsin is Funk’s only power five conference offer and he has a couple more visits scheduled, including one to Stanford coming up. Grady has no timetable set for his decision but said Northwestern and Wisconsin are the two schools that are sticking out to him.
Wisconsin would likely take whoever commits first and say “I’m sorry” to the other.
Quotable: “They compete at a high level and they're great at producing linebackers. Looking at Chris Borland, he's probably the best linebacker that's came through there. They have tough, blue-collar football and that's the type of person I am.” – Jeanty.
Final Thought: Had Miami offered Jeanty in the previous weeks, the underrated talented would not be committing to Wisconsin. It appears that boat has now passed. If Michigan comes calling, however, that might be another story. That bridge will be crossed if/when it comes, as the Wolverines were a school he was extremely high on.
UW coach Paul Chryst has taken a lot of heat for his recruiting efforts – or lack thereof - over the last several weeks. In the middle of June, Chryst has gained commitments from the fertile recruiting areas of Indianapolis, Ohio and South Florida and maintained a good pipeline of in-state prospects picking the Badgers. Jeanty is fired up to be committed to Wisconsin and so was defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and the UW staff. Seems to me that everything is going just fine.