Football or baseball?
Cooper Barnum, Skyview’s two-sport standout, is a rare breed in Clark County holding multiple Division I scholarship offers in football and baseball. Wednesday, the first national Signing Day for the 2019-20 school year, the senior chose the sport and school he committed to in June by signing with Washington State baseball.
Although football still wavered as of late as this weekend, he said.
“At the end of the day,” Barnum said, “I saw myself playing baseball.”
Barnum, named this week as the 4A Greater St. Helens League’s defensive player of the year, held Big Sky football offers from Portland State, where his dad is head coach Bruce Barnum, Idaho, Idaho State, and most recently, Montana. He chose WSU baseball over Portland.
He joins older brother, Brody, a WSU junior outfielder, as another Barnum in Pullman. Cooper and Brody last played baseball and football together when Brody, as a senior, led both Skyview football and baseball to the 4A state semifinals in the 2016-17 school year. Cooper was a freshmen that year.
As much influence as Brody had on Cooper’s decision, the new coaching staff behind first-year coach Brian Green makes Pullman Barnum’s top choice.
“The first conversation with the new coaching staff was very welcoming,” he said. “Right away I knew it was the right place to be.
“And I might get a year with my brother, too, which is even better.”
Other high school athletes who signed letters of intent with four-year colleges:
• Brooke Grosz (soccer) — Western Washington
• Megan Meindersee (soccer) — Central Washington
• Chase Roush (lacrosse) — Adams State (Colo.)
• Mattison Ohlson (soccer) — Northwest Nazarene
• Capri Franzen (softball) — Southern Utah
• Hailey Grotte (swimming) — Washington State
• Sophia Carter (volleyball) — Western Washington
• Maya Davis (soccer) — Humboldt State
• Brooke Weese (soccer) — Concordia
• Annika Farley (soccer) — Portland
• Delaney Nicoll (volleyball) — Idaho
• Mikelle Anthony (softball) — Nevada-Las Vegas
• Macee Woods (soccer) — Chico State
• Camille Darland (soccer) — Western Oregon
• Mason Oberg (Union) — Western Washington
• Kelly Sweyer (softball) — Montana
• Nicole Guthrie (track and field) — Idaho
• Kaily Christensen (softball) — College of Idaho