Kyle Tatum, a 6-foot-6, 259 pound defensive lineman from Prattville, Alabama, followed his heart and made a verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide. Tatum joins defensive end Chris Harris and running back Kenneth Darby as public commitments for the Class of 2002. Tatum is ranked among the very best prospects in the nation.
"I committed to Alabama today," said Tatum. "That's where my heart was and I committed. I checked out some other places but I didn't see the point in waiting to do something that I knew I would do eventually anyway. Also, I wanted to go into my senior season committed so I could focus on our football team."
In other news, Alabama could receive more good news from another one of the participants at the one-day camp. Juwan Garth, a 6-foot-2, 198 pound linebacker/safety from Austin High School in Decatur, Alabama, says he will likely make his commitment public in the near future.
"Alabama offered me a scholarship last month," said Garth. "I really enjoyed the camp today and I will probably commit within a week."
As a junior, Garth recorded 78 tackles, four fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, one interception, and one blocked punt. Offensively, he caught 13 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns. On film, he is a contact player who enjoys making the big hit.
In the classroom, Garth maintains a 3.3 GPA and he has already achieved a score of 20 on the ACT. Garth also attended summer football camp at Auburn.
Tomorrow, the seven-on-seven team passing camp will be held during a one-day session. The camp is expected to draw about 24 teams. Among those teams will be Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama. Ramzee Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 168 pound cornerback, says he would like to join his teammate, Kenneth Darby, on the Tide's commitment list.
"I will commit as soon as I am offered," said Robinson. "I love the style of the coaches. I watched them practice in the spring and it was non-stop. Also, you can't beat the tradition of Alabama football."
Robinson played defensive back as a freshman and sophomore but moved to quarterback as a junior to help his team. Last season, Robinson passed for 1,612 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 504 yards and four touchdowns. Robinson should make the transition back to defense a short study according to one of his assistant coaches.
"Ramzee will make the adjustment to defense pretty quick," said Butler High School Assistant Coach David Bittinger. "He's a contact player who will knock you out."
On film, Robinson displays excellent quickness and speed. Robinson also attended the Middle Tennessee State camp earlier this summer.