After considering an early jump to the NFL, Kansas football defensive lineman and team captain Daniel Wise will return for his senior.
Wise made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday night.
U N F I N I S H E D B U S I N E S S pic.twitter.com/vu6iTy6OfN
— Daniel wise (@wisejayhawk) January 11, 2018
Wise was a first-team All-Big 12 selection this season, finishing with 53 tackles in 2017. Wise actually turned out to be the more effective defensive lineman than teammate Dorance Armstrong, who was the Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and decided to enter the NFL Draft.
But it was Wise who was fourth in the Big 12 with seven sacks and was fifth in the conference with his 16 tackles for loss.
Daniel Wise is a 6’3”, 290 pound tackle from Lewisville, Texas, who was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2014. He ended up picking the Jayhawks over Missouri, Texas Tech, Colorado and others.
If Wise can increase his production even further and become a solid NFL prospect in the 2019 draft, it becomes another solid recruiting chip for head coach David Beaty to play with. Also, if KU is going to start turning things around, bringing back Wise is a huge step in the right direction. This is excellent news for the Jayhawks, but there’s still a ton that needs to be improved on heading into the 2018 season.