Former four-star All-American Jaden Gault retires from football due to health reasons

One of the top offensive line prospects Wisconsin has signed in the last decade, former four-star tackle Jaden Gault has to retire due to health reasons before he's able to play for the Badgers.

MADISON – Former Monona Grove offensive lineman, and University of Wisconsin commit, Jaden Gault announced Thursday that he has to retire from football due to health reasons.

“Thank you for all the support my family and friends!” Gault posted on his Facebook page. “The doctors found blood clots in each of my lungs... Very shocking news but I'm lucky the doctors found them as early as they did. I'm starting blood-thinners and I'm hopefully being discharged from the hospital soon. Unfortunately, this ends any chance of me returning to play football again. God has a different plan for me and I'm on to the next chapter of my life.”

Gault was one of the prized recruits in the 2014 recruiting class for former head coaches Bret Bielema and Gary Andersen. Rated a four-star recruit, the No.9 offensive tackle in the country and the No.141 overall prospect by, the 6-6, 310-pound Gault previously suffered through bouts of depression that forced him to step away from the game of football before joining the Badgers program.

“I felt like a zombie,” said Gault in an interview with BadgerNation last October. “I didn’t feel like doing anything, including playing football. I just wanted to be done with the pain I was feeling.”

Through treatment and family support, Gault resumed taking classes at Wisconsin and started seeing things return to normal, although a return to football never appeared imminent prior to Gault’s health scare Wednesday night.

Gault is the fifth Wisconsin offensive linemen who has had to leave the program due to injuries since 2012.

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