The Wisconsin Badgers football staff has quite the connection to a former four-star Bearcats linebacker who has since entered the transfer portal. Class of 2020 composite four-star Jaheim Thomas played for coaches Luke Fickell and Mike Tressel the last few seasons in Cincinnati. Now, the star linebacker has entered the transfer portal and just might answer a call from Madison soon.
Wisconsin Badgers Potentially Interested In OLB Jaheim Thomas
Way back in 2020, a young Jaheim Thomas was being recruited hard out of Ohio by none other than the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats. The primary recruiter for Thomas was Marcus Freeman, the current head coach of the Notre Dame football team. Thomas received an offer from Wisconsin out of high school, but the real battle was between the Bearcats and the Buckeyes for the talented linebacker. The Bearcats eventually won the battle for Thomas, who has now found himself on the lookout for a new home.
In two seasons of play, Thomas has recorded 93 total tackles and 2.5 sacks, with this past season being the big breakout for the linebacker. The six foot four inch, 240 pound linebacker was second in tackles for Cincinnati this past year by only eight tackles. Thomas had one of his best games of the season when he recorded 11 tackles in the 27-24 loss to Tulane. The linebacker also performed well against SMU, recording seven tackles and two sacks against a strong offensive team.
In the first year without the anchor of the program, the Bearcats have had some issues while shifting in a new direction. However, the Cincinnati program is still in great hands despite the staff changes. Now in his new home in Madison, coach Luke Fickell will look to use every resource he can to continue to boost their team. One of those resources has been grabbing talent from the Bearcats roster, including Jake Renfro, Will Pauling, and Quincy Burroughs.
The Wisconsin Badgers football team already has a rather crowded defense currently, but with their interest in transfer Josh DeBerry, Thomas may not be completely out of the question. Coach Fickell and company have been active in all aspects of recruiting, including the transfer portal where plenty of talent still rests. Thomas could offer experience and depth at linebacker to an already experienced Wisconsin team. The ability of the linebacker can also help transform the team, as he is already familiar with their defensive sets.
If coach Fickell and the Wisconsin football staff were to go after the talented linebacker Jaheim Thomas, it would certainly not be the worst thing to happen. Thomas would add experience, knowledge, and skill to an already talented defense. His ability to tackle anyone close to him and his tenacity up the middle could do wonders for the Badgers. Perhaps Wisconsin will make a move for the transfer linebacker before he finds his next collegiate home.
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