Two Central football stars put pen to paper on Wednesday to play in college

Published: Feb. 9, 2023 at 12:02 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wednesday was a big day for the Central football program; two of their impact players signed their letters of intent to compete at the next level. Quarterback Keagan Bartlett is going to Western Colorado, and linebacker Zecha King will play for Dickinson State.

King’s recruitment process was a somewhat interesting-- he said that he got his name out to Dickinson State via social media.

”I just texted my coaches on Twitter, and just reached out to the defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, and then just went from there. Started just texting them, took a visit down there, and that was really it,” King said.

King was a major force for the Indians defense last season. He was named to the 4A East All-Conference second team for his play on that side of the ball. In his senior year he was sixth on the team with 87 defensive points, fourth with 54.5 tackles, and tied for second with three pass breakups.

King also made a significant impact offensively for Central. He compiled 40.8 all-purpose yards per game last season, which was the fourth most on the team.

When talking about the 2022 Indians offense though, the first person that comes to mind is their quarterback. Bartlett accounted for over 2800 yards of offense and 32 touchdowns, and it was a pretty balanced effort between the ground and air.

Those stats made him a shoo-in for first team All-State as a quarterback, and he also earned all-conference honors as a linebacker.

Bartlett was a major part of the Indians pass rush with 4.5 sacks, good for second on the team. He was also ninth with 57 defensive points and 29 tackles.

Linebacker was a position that many schools were recruiting Bartlett to play in college, but his dream position was quarterback. He said he was extremely grateful to the people around him for supporting that dream.

”I feel like I grew a ton. Even from junior year to senior year you saw how much better I got at throwing. It just means everything having teammates and coaches that believed in me, and helped me grow, and get to where I am today,” Bartlett said.

Congratulations to both of these athletes on taking their football talents to the next level.