Bartlett gives Oregon trip an "A"

Cheyenne (Wyo.) East athlete Tevis Bartlett recaps his official visit to Oregon.

Three-star Cheyenne (Wyo.) East athlete Tevis Bartlett took his second official visit of the fall to Oregon last Saturday, where he watched the Ducks beat rival Washington 45-20.

Coming out of the visit, Bartlett gave Oregon positive reviews.

“I’d give them an A,” he said. “I think they did a really good job of showing us around and getting us with the people that we needed to be with.”

One of the key experiences Bartlett was looking forward to was the game day atmosphere in Eugene and he did not come away disappointed on homecoming weekend.

“It was a fun game to be at,” he said. “The stands were rocking. The people were loud. Oregon played well. They came out and did what I think they needed to do. It was a really cool experience.

Bartlett said the trip was jam-packed with activities to the point that he didn’t have time to slow down during the two days he was in town. He spent some time with head coach Mark Helfrich and defensive coordinator Don Pellum, who filled Bartlett in on the values of the Oregon football program.

“(With Coach Helfrich) it was mostly about how they’re a pretty family oriented team,” he said. “They look out for everybody. With Coach Pellum, our meeting was about where they saw me playing, how they saw me playing and kind of just going over some football talk if you will.”

Bartlett took part in the pregame activities with the team, including a meeting with the defense where they made their final preparations before taking on the Huskies. He also spoke with the coaches about their plans for him and the future of the linebacker position in regards to the 2015 class.

“For that middle linebacker spot I think they’re taking three guys this year,” he said. “That’s what they’re going to try and take for that spot. One of the three is going to have to play next year. Whether that’s me or not, I guess we would have to see.”

Bartlett wasn’t the only linebacker to make the trip. Five-star Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra linebacker John Houston and his teammate Rasheem Green, a five-star defensive end, were both in attendance, giving Bartlett the chance to banter with them a little bit. From his point of view, each player enjoyed their visit.

Now with the visit in the background, Bartlett has plenty of information to take with him going forward as he continues to analyze his options. As far as whether or not the visit elevated Oregon into a better position to land the 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect, he indicated that the Ducks remain in the same spot they were beforehand.

“Right now I don’t think it hurt them or helped them,” he said. “I think it’s just good information that we can build on later on.”


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