Jackson Hole, WY News

Theo Dawson told the News&Guide on Tuesday morning that he plans to transfer from the University of Wyoming.

The former Jackson Hole High School star told Cowboys’ head football coach Craig Bohl last Friday about his decision to leave Laramie. Dawson’s name has officially been entered into the NCAA transfer portal. Dawson said his experience with the Cowboys football program was a positive one and that other factors were involved in his decision to depart.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a little bit. I was loving Laramie and the program I was in, but the environment there was tough for me being an LDS kid and having a lot going on,” he said. “So after a while I thought about it and figured it was time to move on and find something else for my life.”

Dawson has already been contacted by Ivy League schools Cornell and Columbia and he has been in contact with a Brigham Young University assistant coach. The transfer process is in the beginning stages, and he said he’s open to a variety of academic institutions.

“I’m really looking for somewhere where I can find a groove: a healthy social life, living situation, good academic standing,” the current 4.0 student-athlete said. “Football’s very important at this point to me, but my morale and my academics are more important. I’m just waiting to see if there’s interest from other schools.”

The former Bronc received an official offer from Columbia and was recruited as a preferred walk-on by BYU before deciding on Wyoming in 2016.

Dawson underwent shoulder surgery in August and sat out his freshman season in Laramie following two years of LDS missionary work in Concepcion, Chile. He’ll have four years of eligibility remaining if he is not forced to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. That’s still a process he’s trying to figure out.

“I have to do a little more research on the transfer policy,” the freshman tailback said. “As of right now, where I stand, I have to sit out a year, but I can maybe get it waved. I’m trying to do that research right now and figure out if I can do it.”

Dawson’s brother, Josh Dawson, signed with the Pokes’ football program in February as a 2020 enrollee. Josh is now serving his two-year LDS mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Theo said he is unsure how his decision will affect his brother’s commitment to the University of Wyoming.

“Hopefully it doesn’t,” Theo said. “He actually doesn’t even know yet. Hopefully it doesn’t affect him at all. He makes the decisions on what he wants to do and that’s what he does.”

Dawson wishes nothing but the best for Bohl and the Cowboy football program.

“I love the football team, the facilities and the coaches,” he said. “Everything was great there. It’s more just my personal decision to change schools.”

Contact Clark Forster at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGsports.

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