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Utes add Brighton safety Cody Barton to 2015 class

After a strong afternoon at Utah Elite Prospects camp, Cody Barton was restless.

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The Utes coaching staff had told him that a good camp performance would likely result in his first scholarship offer. So where was it?

"I felt really anxious," he told the Tribune. "Then when they brought my whole family into Coach [Kyle] Whittingham's office, I kind of figured it out."

Once Whittingham had extended the offer, it didn't take long for the Brighton safety to decide: He was ready to commit to the Utes. He's the latest addition to the U.'s 2015 class, a 6-foot-2, 2015 prospect who could play outside linebacker depending on if he gains a little weight.

It's the culmination of a rugged path for Barton, who has been scrambling all spring between Mountain West Elite camp and John Madsen Performance to elevate himself to attract Division I offers. As it turned out, he only needed one.

"Since I was a gremlin, I've wanted to play at the U.," he said. "It's a big deal, a big goal of mine."

He joins his brother, freshman tackle Jackson Barton, who was a four-star prospect out of high school. Cody's considerably more blue-collar as a recruit, lacking his brother's girth and height, but has been a standout for the Bengals. Playing with the safety group on Wednesday, Barton was cited by his peers as one of the toughest match-ups in camp.

One of the U.'s biggest draws was the chance to play with his brother again.

"That's way cool," he said. "Jackson definitely knew before Coach Whitt offered me. He definitely wanted me to commit and come play with him."

The Utes also hope Barton now gets a few of his friends to join in as well. Utah has offers to Osa Masina and now-Taylorsville end Mufi Hunt in the 2015 class, and also offered Brighton's Drew Jensen on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's all their decision in the end," Barton said. "But I'll definitely talk to them."

Kyle Goon


Twitter: @kylegoon

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