Utah football: Cody Barton to join brother, Jackson, at Utah

By Brandon Gurney, Deseret News

Published: Tue, June 24, 2014, 9:20 p.m. MDT

 Cody Barton as Brighton High School defeats Jordan High School 44-20 as they play in the 5A State High School football semi-final Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City.

Cody Barton as Brighton High School defeats Jordan High School 44-20 as they play in the 5A State High School football semi-final Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City.

(Tom Smart, Deseret News)

SANDY — Utah’s newest football commitment, Cody Barton (Brighton), has experienced the nerves plenty of times before football games. Nothing, however, was quite like what he experienced prior to attending Utah’s Elite Prospects Camp back on June 18.

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound safety had trouble being noticed as a legitimate prospect last season due to injury, making this summer’s camp circuit critical in catching the notice of Ute coaches. Fortunately for Barton, he rose to the challenge — turning heads at the Mountain West Elite camps leading up to his last summer audition on Wednesday.

“I can’t remember ever being that nervous going into a game,” Barton said of attending Utah’s final day of camp. “All I’ve ever wanted since I was young was to play for Utah. I was just hoping they’d notice me because I knew it was my last chance to make an impression. Everything was on the line.”

Barton evidently impressed enough during the camp to be approached by Coach Kyle Whittingham at the conclusion and asked to meet in the coach’s office.

“That’s when I knew it was going to happen,” Barton said. “I can’t even tell you how that felt when he came up to tell me that. I mean, you pretty much know what’s going to happen if you meet with coaches in their offices after camp.”

Sure enough Whittingham offered Barton a scholarship which he accepted on the spot.

“I didn’t have to think about it even for a second,” Barton said. “I wanted it so bad — it’s really the only offer I’ve ever wanted. To play for my dream school, with my brother and in the Pac-12. It’s just what I’ve wanted for so long.”

Barton’s older brother, Jackson Barton, signed with Utah as part of the 2014 class as a top offensive line prospect. Jackson observed his younger brother throughout camps and was hoping as much as Cody that an offer would be coming.

“It was tough for me because I didn’t really want to say much to coaches about my brother, being a freshman and all, but I think they knew,” Jackson said. “Fortunately he’s just good and good enough to get an offer on his own and that’s what makes it so great for us and our family.”

Jackson and Cody grew up in a strong Utah home having parents who both played for and attended the U. Continuing in the tradition of both mom and dad is something both wanted dearly ever since they can remember.

“Getting my offer from Utah was incredible, but now that my brother got an offer (it) makes it — it’s just amazing to have this happen,” Jackson said.

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1. Indy
St George, Utah,
June 24, 2014

Looks like Utah is going head to head with Weber State for its recruits now.... Oh wait... Weber State never offered this kid?
No other offers at all? Hmmm.... It's good to see PAC-10.2 membership is paying off!

2. GoRed
June 24, 2014


If you read the article, you'll find that the reason why Barton, the younger brother of the Utes' 4-star recruit, was not more heavily recruited is that he was injured and did not play. Hence, he was not on any team's radar. But knowing that both his mother and father were star athletes at the U helps to give an insight as to his potential. He'll be fine playing for a team that is a member of one of the Big Five Conferences, as opposed to playing for a team that is trying to be taken seriously as they try to beg their way into the Big 12.

3. 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT,
June 24, 2014


Big brother Jackson Barton could have attended any college in the nation. Nearly every powerhouse program wanted him.

He chose Utah. Byu was never considered.

If he turns out to be half as good as his brother he'll be more than capable of delivering more humiliation in your rivalry games in the future.

5, 6, 7 in a row? Easily. You think 4 in a row is tough to swallow?

We're just getting started.

The future of football in Utah, is PAC 12 proud Utah.

Go see if the big 12 left you a message

4. CCS
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
June 25, 2014

Hey St. George Indi. Congrats! You.ve managed to alienate both Utah and Weber State fans. Next post, try for Utah State and SUU. Why antagonize Dixie State also?
I know it's difficult playing 2nd fiddle and fighting to stay relevant. But it won't help placing the Cougs more on the proverbial island. Hang in there and prey you can bust into the Big 12. Or else get your school to concentrate on club sports in the future.

5. PacUtes
Salt Lake, UT,
June 25, 2014

It's not important how many stars people label on players.