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UW coach Paul Chryst, left, lost a recruit to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

The University of Wisconsin football team began building a strong 2019 recruiting class in recent months, but that fast start took a hit Saturday.

Safety Bryson Shaw announced via Twitter that he’s flipping his commitment from UW to Ohio State. The Potomac, Md., native cited personal family matters that led to a desire to stay closer to home.

“After many talks with my family, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to switch my commitment from Wisconsin to The Ohio State,” Shaw tweeted. “Personal family matters have called for me to be closer to home. I love and thank the Wisconsin community for Excepting me. However I need to be closer to my family. I am excited and blessed to be committing to the Ohio State University!! Go Buckeyes!”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Shaw rates as a four-star prospect by 247sports and a three-star player by Rivals and ESPN.

Shaw’s departure leaves UW with eight known commitments in the 2019 class — offensive linemen Logan Brown and Joe Tippmann, quarterback Graham Mertz, tight end Hayden Rucci, athletes Leo Chenal and Marcus Graham, running back Julius Davis and wide receiver Nolan Groulx.

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