Bartlett snags an offer from Oregon

Cheyenne (Wyo.) East outside linebacker Tevis Bartlett goes in-depth on his Oregon offer and plans to visit.

On Wednesday evening, Scout.com's Doug Kimmel revealed Oregon had offered Cheyenne East outside linebacker Tevis Bartlett.

Interestingly enough, he told eDuck shortly after the news was released that he's actually had the offer for a few weeks.

"I want to say the middle of last month they offered me," Bartlett said. "We just hadn't really told anybody."

The Ducks became the fifth school to offer him, joining Utah, Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming. Bartlett expressed his interest in the program, citing their success as a consistently ranked program nationally and ability to stay at or near the top of the Pac-12 on a yearly basis.

"I'd say when you look at all of that, it's really hard not to be interested in a school that has that kind of success," he said.

Oregon first showed interest in the three-star prospect in the spring. After traveling to the East Coast back in April and returning home for subsequent trips to Colorado State and Wyoming, Bartlett was on the verge of narrowing down his choices before a piece of mail from Oregon showed up.

"From then on they had been on my radar," Bartlett said.

Bartlett didn't get his hopes up too much initially, but soon afterwards outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander got in contact with him.

At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds he passed the eyeball test when wide receivers coach Matt Lubick passed through during the evaluation period. Then came the offer.

"I was pumped," Bartlett said. "I couldn't wipe the smile off my face for two days."

Chinander and Bartlett have gotten to know one another over the phone over the past couple of months, but Barlett is eager to meet him in person to accurately gauge where the bond between the player and coach currently stands.

"No matter how many phone calls you have or Twitter messages, you can't replace that face-to-face time," he said. "I would say we have a really good connection and relationship, but I don't know how good it is per se because we haven't had any face-to-face time."

Bartlett will get his chance to meet Chinander when he visits Oregon at the end of the month following a one day camp at Stanford. While he plans on touring the facilities and checking out Eugene, he knows that his time with the coaching staff will be the the most significant part of the trip.

"The biggest thing is to be able to build those relationships stronger and meet those guys face-to-face," he said.


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