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Blue Mountain’s Gavin Bartholomew commits to Buffalo: How the Bulls landed him @GavinBartholom6 @bmefootball

Written by: on Saturday, June 13th, 2020


It’s hard to remember the last time the Eagles of Blue Mounting had a player with the recruiting excitement that Gavin Barholomew has had. Back in January he received his first division 1 offer, and it snowballed from there. Gavin racked up 14 D1 offers and was hoping to expand his list by hitting the camp circuit in the summer months, but that plan got shut down by the corona virus epidemic. Still, the incoming senior had an impressive list and decided he better take advantage of what was in front of him.  Yesterday he announced his commitment to the Buffalo Bulls program on twitter:

We asked him about his decision:


PFN: How long have you played football?

Gavin: I’ve been playing the game since I was in 3rd grade

PFN: Why did you choose to commit to the Bulls?

Gavin: I chose buffalo because it felt like home, their academics are amazing as well as their facilities from a football stand point. Their offense fits my style of play because they like to run 12 personnel and sometimes throw in 13.

PFN: Why commit early?

Gavin: I Committed early to make sure I had my spot, I didn’t want to miss out on a huge opportunity and also i knew it was where I wanted to be.

PFN: Who was your biggest influence at Buffalo, who recruited you?

Gavin: Coach Kotelnicki was a huge influence in the recruiting process!! He believed in me and knew what I was capable of and that meant a lot. Also we talked consistently and he showed interest as well as the rest of the coaching staff.

PFN: What are they getting in player like you?

Gavin: Buffalo is getting a dual threat in the run game and the pass game, being 6’6 250 is great for blocking but also getting down field considering I run a 4.7.

PFN: What was the recruiting process like for you?

Gavin: To be honest the recruiting process was very overwhelming and at times very stressful. But at the same time it was awesome to realize what I’ve accomplished because all these coaches showed interest in how they wanted me to come play for their school.

PFN: How did the Covid 19 pandemic affect your decision?

Gavin: 19 threw my recruiting off a good bit, there were definitely some schools I would’ve liked to visit, but it is what it is. It also made me make my decision earlier because just like every kid they can’t visit so they want to commit to make sure they have a spot. Luckily I got to visit buffalo the day before the campus shut down.

PFN: What position were you recruited for?

Gavin: I was recruited for TE and some schools wanted me to turn into a left tackle.

PFN: Do you know what you’d like to study?

Gavin: I’m not 100% sure what I want to study, I was thinking business or exercise science.

PFN: What role did your parents play in your decision?

Gavin: My parents played a pretty big role in the process, the know what’s best for me and what I would like so they helped guide me through the process.

PFN: What do you think is the most exciting thing about the Bulls program?

Gavin: It’s hard to say what the most exiting thing is at buffalo. What stood out was the brand new indoor facility, they are getting a new weight room that is almost triple the size what it is now and also the new locker room they are getting.

PFN: What are you most looking forward to while playing for the Bulls?

Gavin: I’m excited to score some touchdowns and help make the program better!!

PFN: Tell everyone out there in the Buffalo football world something they’d never know about you until you told them:

Gavin: One thing nobody would expect from me u less I told them is printable my age and that I work a full time job in season.

PFN: Who is the person who most influenced you in your football career?

Gavin: The person who influenced me the most would be my father, my dad was a good football player growing up and I guess you could say I wanted to follow in his foot steps.

PFN: What is it you’d like all your high school teammates and fans to know about your decision that you might have a hard time saying in person?

Gavin: The hardest part I thought about during my decision is that I would have to tell everyone goodbye. They’ve all been by my side supporting me throughout my high school career and the last thing I wanna do is leave them knowing I’ll never get to play with them again.

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