WVU Signing Day Roundup: Jared Bartlett
Jared Bartlett LB 6-2 205 Collins Hill HS Suwanee, GA
“Jared is a big linebacker who is only going to get bigger. His half-brother is Stephon Tuitt, who plays d-line for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This didn’t have to be a big ‘backer group, because we’re not losing a ton. But we wanted to take one who we could bring in and probably redshirt and then have him ready to go the year after. I think he fits that mold. His best football is in front of him. Once he figures out how to play, I think he’s going to be really good.”
Proud day at the Hill. I am so excited for Tomari Fox and Jared Bartlett for their opportunity. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to coach these guys. I am going to miss them, but I am excited to watch them ball out at the next level. Go Tarheels and Go Mountaineers!! pic.twitter.com/bO7WMSUEbW
— Lenny Gregory (@GregoryLenny) December 19, 2018
One of the measures of a defender is the ratio of solo to assisted tackles he makes. Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with helping bring a ballcarrier down, or getting assistance in doing so, but those who arrive first and complete the job quickly are in high demand. So it is with Bartlett, who had 51 solo stops among his 78 this year at Collins Hill. Add in 15 tackles for loss, and the picture emerges of a player who can get to the ball all over the field, and execute his primary job quickly and efficiently.
Over Bartlett’s career, which spanned just two seasons, he averaged almost eight tackles per game, and finished his career with 156 tackles (117 solo), 10 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. Despite his football build, he was also a standout track performer, which speaks to his speed. He participated in sprints (100m, 200m, 400m), relays (4×100, 4×400) hurdles (300m) and the long jump at Collins Hill.
Bartlett also played running back in high school, and while he won’t do that at West Virginia, his play there showed his acceleration and burst, which also came into play as he lined up as an edge defender. He routinely chased down plays from behind, as was a sure tackler when he got one-on-one chances in the open field.
One attribute that the West Virginia linebacking corps of the past few years has lacked is overall speed, and that’s where Bartlett could begin to build his contributions to the program. With a number of returnees at the position in front of him, he shouldn’t be pressed to make early contributions, although a decision by David Long to forego his final year of eligibility might change that a bit. The best option, however, would be for him to redshirt, hone his pass coverage skills and build his strength, then jump into a rotation that will have plenty of openings in 2020.
Bartlett’s Other Offers: Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest