UW football player disciplined for giving alcohol to potential recruit

Case related to Cizauskas recruitment
UW football player disciplined for giving alcohol to potential recruit
Leon Jacobs

A University of Wisconsin football player who provided alcohol to a potential recruit has been disciplined, according to Athletics Director Barry Alvarez. The school plans to report the recruiting situation to the Big Ten conference.

The violation of UW-Madison’s recruiting policies came out when sophomore linebacker Leon Jacobs testified in the sexual assault trial of former recruit Dominic D. Cizauskas.

Jacobs told jurors his job as the student host of Cizauskas was to “show him a good time.” He said he met the recruit at a residence hall where they both consumed four to five shots of spiced rum before walking to a party hosted by members of the track team where Cizauskas consumed another alcoholic drink.

In a statement emailed to News 3, Alvarez wrote, “University of Wisconsin-Madison Recruiting Visit Policies include a prohibition on the use of alcohol during an official visit. Current student-athletes who serve as hosts to prospective student-athletes (recruits) sign a form agreeing, among other things, that alcohol will not be used during the visit.”

“The football student-athlete (Leon Jacobs) who hosted the recruiting visit in question violated our policy. Upon learning of the violation, Leon was immediately disciplined.”

Jacobs played all 13 games last year as a freshman. The exact discipline given was not detailed by the university.

“We will continue to review our procedures and educate our student-athletes and recruits on these policies,” Alvarez’s statement concluded.

A Dane County jury convicted Cizauskas on Wednesday night of third-degree sexual assault.

A university spokesman said Chancellor Rebecca Blank consulted with Alvarez on the issue and agreed on the response.

“The testimony provided during this week’s trial does not meet the university’s expectations for campus visits during the recruiting process for student-athletes,” wrote UW spokesman John Lucas in an email to News 3. “The safety of our campus community, including prospective student-athletes, their hosts and current students is paramount.”