ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — On Thursday in Meigs High School’s Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, MHS senior Cody Bartrum signed his letter of intent to join the University of North Carolina at Charlotte football team.
Bartrum, who quarterbacked 29 games over four years for MHS, had his senior season cut short by a foot injury in the third game of the campaign.
“It’s an honor to be able to move on to the next level,” Cody said. “I defiantly knew I wanted to play college football. I was in the weight room, even when I was on that stupid knee scooter, during the season trying to get back. Even though I didn’t get back, I have always had college football as the main goal.”
With Bartrum under center, the Marauders were 18-11. In his career, Cody completed 343-of-604 passes for 4,950 yards and 42 touchdowns. Bartrum also rushed for 586 yards and 18 scores in his prep career.
“All of the coaches I’ve had have always pushed me as hard as I can go,” Cody said. “With Dad as the head coach, I get yelled at more than anyone else I feel like, but it’s all for the good. I’m going to miss everyone here, but I know that they’ve tried to help me continue my career in football.”
As a junior, Bartrum was the Division IV AP All-Southeast District Offensive Player of the Year after totaling 2,206 yards and 17 touchdowns through the air to go with 418 yards and nine scores on the ground. Cody also earned a first team All-Ohio quarterback spot as a junior.
Cody earned his way on to the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division first team as a sophomore and a junior, while being named to the Ohio Valley Publishing Super 25 Football Team as both a junior and a senior. Bartrum also earned an all-district special mention spot in his sophomore campaign.
“On the field, as a coach and a father aside, he plays downhill,” said fifth year Marauders head coach Mike Bartrum. “That’s one thing he does and I think that’s why Charlotte is looking at him to play defense. He does play downhill, he just has to get bigger. He’ll get this foot taken care of and just get bigger, stronger and faster.
“I’m very proud of him,” added Coach Bartrum. “With Cody being my son it’s a very blessed time, but we treat them all as our sons, we’re proud of all of them. We’re happy he has this opportunity and he’s going to make the best of it. He’s going to have to earn his spot, just like he did here and just like he has to in life.”
Cody will be joining a Charlotte team that has just two years of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision experience.
“Charlotte is friends and family,” Cody said. “The coaching staff is awesome. It’s a newer school, so I’ll hopefully be a part of setting a winning tradition.”
In its first two seasons, the Charlotte — which competes in Conference USA — has complied a record of 6-18. UNCC will begin its 2017 campaign on September 1, at Eastern Michigan.
The 49ers begin Conference USA play on September 30 at Florida International. Cody’s first home game within the conference will be against his dad’s alma mater of Marshall, on October 7.
Bartrum will likely play linebacker for the 49ers and he is currently undecided on a major. At Meigs, Cody holds a 3.72 grade-point-average and is ranked 27th in the graduating class of 2017.
In addition to his success on the gridiron, Bartrum has also been a four-year member of the MHS baseball team and a two-year member of the Marauder basketball team.
In baseball, Cody has been on the all-district second team twice, while earning all-league honors three times. As a junior Bartrum was the TVC Ohio co-Offensive Player of the Year. In basketball, Cody was an All-Southeast District special mention as a sophomore.
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