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4-Star Defensive End Ron Tatum Commits To Texas

The Longhorns just picked up a big time commitment out of the Sooner’s back yard in DE Ron Tatum.

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Texas has been having a terrific recruiting month, and it  just got a whole lot better as DE Ron Tatum committed to the Longhorns just moments ago in his high school gym. Tatum is the 6th commit in Texas’ 2018 recruiting class, a class that had been shooting up the rankings after landing huge recruiting wins over Oklahoma for Byron Hobbs, Casey Thompson, and Cameron Rising. Texas has a lot of positive momentum right now, and this is just adding to that. Tom Herman has something very special brewing in Austin right now.

THE TATUM FILE

Name Hometown Position Position Rank Star Rating
Ron Tatum Oklahoma City, OK SDE 5 ⭐⭐⭐

Tatum is an absolutely enormous get for Tom Herman and Texas. He’s the 4th best player in Oklahoma, and the 122nd best player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. He chose Texas over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Miami, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma.

Speaking of Oklahoma, I’m sure if you spent anytime on social media over the last few days, you saw the whispers. Rumors of Texas beating out Oklahoma for another top in-state prospect were swirling. Tatum had been considered a huge Oklahoma lean for his entire recruitment, but after  February visit, Tom Herman turned the tide, and Texas had Tatum sold on a chance to play early, and on the future being brighter at Texas than it is at Oklahoma. Whether that’s true or not is more of an individual opinion, but Tatum was obviously convinced, and because of that, Oklahoma’s drought will continue.

On the field, Tatum is about as close to a finished product as you’ll find coming out of high school. He’s an excellent pass rusher, and he fits perfectly into the prototypical end position. He has a great combination of size and speed, at 6-foot-4.5, and 270 pounds, but his greatest trait is probably his hands. He has solid footwork as well, and should see playing time very early at Texas.

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