For the West Virginia Mountaineers, the 2019 recruiting class will be one of the most important in Dana Holgersen’s tenure.
With the team set to lose its two best players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball at the end of this season, it’s vital the school brings in good recruits to reload the roster.
Bartlett is a 6-foot-2, 210 pound outside linebacker from Suwanee, GA. The linebacker is only a three-star recruit but he’s got outstanding physical traits and could really fit this defense well. Bartlett jumps off the tape with his strong hitting power and his ability to get to the ball carrier. If he can improve on his pass coverage, he may be able to play a crucial role on the defense in his freshman season.
David Long, the stellar outside linebacker and leader of the West Virginia defense, is likely to depart after this season an enter the NFL Draft. This will be a huge loss for the Mountaineers as Long has been basically an on-field defensive coordinator in his last two seasons.
The pressure will be high for West Virginia’s other linebackers to step up, and some of that is likely to fall on the shoulders of Bartlett. Although he is only a three-star recruit, Bartlett should be expected to contribute quite a bit in his freshman year.
If he can bring the same physicality from the high-school playing field, to the college ranks, Bartlett could be a nice replacement for Long on the Mountaineers defense next season.