Cornerbacks coach Doug Belk has offered outside linebacker Jared Bartlett out of Suwanee, Georgia. “I was excited. I think regardless I’d be jubilant with being able to play the sport I love with also receiving a free education from a top University.” Said Bartlett.
The Mountaineers are not the only program noticing his talent. Bartlett also holds offers from Alabama, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Syracuse, South Alabama and Chattanooga.
Bartlett has the speed to run down the ball carrier and to beat the tackle on the edge to get to the quarterback. His athleticism to change direction to make a play on the ball, while keeping his shoulders square to make the tackle is impressive. Great football IQ to be able to read the play.
“I’ve played safety before, and if necessary I believe I could adjust in college, but I mainly play outside linebacker.” Said Bartlett. If he did commit to West Virginia, I believe he has the athleticism to play either safety or outside linebacker. Bartlett could be a perfect fit for the Spur position (KJ Dillon’s spot). He has great recognition on screen and swing passes.
Jared plays in a 3-4 defense and from that outside linebacker position he would be able to translate into the 3-3-5 defense that West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson runs.
He likes Von Miller and with the way he attacks the quarterback, you can tell he watches him closely.
Bartlett runs track in the off season and its safe to say that’s where he has gained his speed. “I’m also a sprinter for my school track team and during my free time, I do the off-season workouts, in addition to my 7 on 7 team” said Bartlett. He has at least made regionals in running and jumping, since his freshman year.
“I’m not extremely familiar with the WVU program, however the purpose of a visit should help me feel out the atmosphere.” Say’s Bartlett. There is no visit set yet, but say’s “hopefully during the summer.”