East’s Bartlett has two FBS offers

Cheyenne East junior Tevis Bartlett (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) has football scholarship offers from the University of Wyoming and University of Colorado.

Both schools are looking at the 2013 Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year as either a quarterback or safety, I was told Friday morning.

Bartlett, TevisDave Christensen‘s Wyoming staff had offered Bartlett the opportunity to play football and wrestle in Laramie. It’s unknown if newly-hired Cowboys coach Craig Bohl has extended the same offer.

Bartlett is a two-time Wyoming state champion and has won national titles in the freshman and sophomore divisions of the National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach, Va.

He is the 17th-ranked 195-pounder in the nation according to InterMat and FloWrestling. He also won the 195-pound title at the 2013 Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions.

Honestly, I’m surprised that Christensen was willing to let Bartlett compete on the wrestling mat. It shows how badly he wanted to sign him.

I say this because defensive end Ben Durbin took all of the starter’s reps with the Cowboys during spring drills in 2012 but transferred to Iowa State to play his senior year. The GIlbert, Iowa native was eligible to play immediately because he had already earned his degree from UW.

Why did Durbin transfer? Partly because Christensen wouldn’t let him wrestle for the Cowboys, a source within the football program told me at the time. However, Durbin isn’t listed on Iowa State’s 2012-13 wrestling roster.

On the football field, Bartlett helped the Thunderbirds go 10-2 and win the Class 4A state title. He fronted 4A in all-purpose average at 247.8 yards per game. He also topped all rushers by gaining 1,400 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns on the ground.

Eight of those rushing touchdowns came in the postseason. They were the only touchdowns East had during its title run.

Bartlett also passed for 1,521 yards and 13 scores.

As a safety, Bartlett amassed 87 tackles. His 57 solo stops were the most of any player in any classification.

It’s no surprise that Bohl was quick to offer Bartlett. The coach — who comes to Laramie after leading North Dakota State to three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision titles — has repeatedly said his goal is to lock down the Cowboy State’s top talent.

“We will scour Wyoming,” Bohl told my WyoSports colleague Robert Gagliardi. “How many players that we recruit from Wyoming will vary, but it will be fairly limited. But it will be an important area.”

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