Badgers remain hopeful, helpful with Gault
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CHICAGO--Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen remains optimistic offensive lineman Jaden Gault, a touted recruit from Monona Grove High School who is battling depression, will eventually join the UW program.
“I sure think so,” Andersen said Monday on the first day of the Big Ten preseason football meetings. “Jaden … we all know is a very talented football player. I expect him to be a very talented football player as we move forward.
“But that’s not the concern today. The concern is to get Jaden back into the proper scenarios to be able to move forward in life.
“We’re supporting him 100 percent and have from the very beginning. His family is doing a great job, even back to the high school coaches. And most importantly, Jaden is working at it.”
Gault, considered one of the top offensive tackles in the nation, graduated a semester early from Monona Grove and was scheduled to participate in spring practice at UW.
He did not practice, however, and UW officials said he was recovering from offseason surgery. Gault plans to take classes at UW in the fall semester and join the team in the winter if all goes well.
“The basic plan is to get Jaden mainstreamed in school and support Jaden,” Andersen said. “And that is it. We’re excited about that. We’re going to be at Jaden’s pace. …
“I’m proud of the way he is battling and that he decided to come out and talk about it.”
Rob Havenstein, a fifth-year senior offensive tackle from Maryland, has reached out to Gault.
“I was only with Jaden for a very short amount of time,” Havenstein said, “so I never really got a chance to get to know him. …
“But the short time I’ve known him I told him flat-out: ‘Anything you need. You’re a Wisconsin offensive lineman. You signed on the dotted line. You’re part of the program now. So anything you need that I can help with, come to me and ask me. I’ll see what I can do. I’ll see who I know to make it happen or if you need to talk to someone who has gone through something similar I’ll set that up.’”