In late April, Ron Tatum was down to two schools, the same two schools that had seemingly always been the leaders in his recruitment: Texas, and Oklahoma. Long thought of as an Oklahoma lean, Tatum shocked the college football world when he picked Texas over the in-state Sooners. At the time, it was a huge win for tom Herman, and a massive loss for Bob Stoops. Now, a little over a month later, the tables have turned, and Lincoln Riley has won his first battle with Texas as the head coach at Oklahoma, as he flipped Tatum earlier today, following his visit to Norman last weekend.
I'm coming back home……‼️⭕️🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/7F4YmfVsAL
— Ron Tatum III‼️🎯 (@rontatum3_) June 12, 2017
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With this flip, Oklahoma is up to 10 commitments in their 2018 class, while Texas is down to 11. As of right now, Texas still has the higher ranked class overall, but these two will battle until signing day for many recruits that will completely change those rankings.
Tatum chose Oklahoma over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Miami, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and obviously, Texas. It was a big surprise when he picked Texas, but the prevailing thought was that he would ultimately sign with Oklahoma. The Sooners continued to recruit him, and ultimately, he decided he wanted to play football for the home state school. Mike Stoops did an excellent job in recruiting Tatum, and in convincing him that there’s playing time to be had in Norman for someone of his caliber.
“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 [Oklahoma].”
Tatum’s ceiling comparison is Nick Perry.