Tevis Bartlett, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound, three-star athlete from Cheyenne, Wyo., made a verbal commitment to the Huskies on Thursday morning, becoming UW’s 21st known recruit for the Class of 2015.
He chose UW over scholarship offers from California, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
“In my life, where I’ve made some of my biggest strides is when I’ve gotten out of my comfort zone,” Bartlett told the Casper Star-Tribune. “Obviously, Seattle is a little bit different than Cheyenne, Wyoming. I just felt like that would really help me grow as a person. It felt like the right choice.”
Bartlett played quarterback and safety at Cheyenne East High School, but most project him as an outside linebacker in college. That’s a position of obvious need for UW after this season, with the looming graduation of senior John Timu and the likely departure of junior Shaq Thompson to the NFL draft.
Bartlett would be the fifth linebacker in this class for UW, joining Jusstis Warren (Tacoma’s Lincoln HS); D.J. Beavers (Encino, Calif); Ben Burr-Kirven (Atherton, Calif.); and Kyler Manu (Pocatello, Idaho).
Bartlett is also a three-time state champion in wrestling, having gone undefeated (46-0) as a junior.
Here are his hudl.com highlights.
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In a dazzling prep career, Bartlett amassed 4,112 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns, 3,613 rushing yards and 46 rushing scores, three receiving touchdowns, one defensive touchdown, 145 total tackles and one interception. That included 1,081 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, 1,179 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns and 44 tackles in his senior season in 2014.
“He’ll do great,” Cheyenne East head football coach Chad Goff said. “He’s a big-time competitor, and he’ll make it work. That’s the type of kid he is. I think Tevis will play quick. He’s that good. He has never just dedicated himself to football, so I’m really excited to see what Tevis Bartlett looks like when he dedicates himself just to football.
“He’ll be a different football player as soon as he becomes all football.”
Bartlett called all the schools that offered him Wednesday to either accept or politely decline their offers. Classy move. #gowyo
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) December 18, 2014