Army All-American Brandon Tatum

The Cats have a few prospect playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. One of them is Brandon Tatum, a big safety from Fort Worth, Texas. He looks considerably bigger than his listed 6-0.5 and 185 pounds. He looks more in the 6-2/205 range that could possibly play linebacker on the next level.

"I'll play wherever," said Brandon Tatum when it was mentioned that he looked like a college linebacker.

Tatum has made his commitment to Arizona in November. What was it about the Wildcats that pulled him out of Texas?

"Basically the coaching, the coaches, like Mike and Mark Stoops. They seem like they are going to turn the program around, and I'll get a good chance to play."

Have they laid out a plan for how they would like to use the talented defensive back?

"They're recruiting me to play free safety. They've said my first year that they want me to play the nickel and get on the field my first year, because they have a senior safety. The plan is for me to get on the field my freshman year a little at the nickel spot, then if I play like I'm supposed to, to play safety after he graduates."

"I chose Arizona over Oklahoma State, LSU, Florida. I just visited Arizona. I committed before I made any visits. When I visited, it was exciting."

Tatum had a good senior season, and he looks to follow that up with a big game in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"We were 6-5, and I just played safety.. I had one carry at running back for 34 yards for a touchdown. I made a little over 100 tackles. I could have played linebacker or end too. I played end my sophomore year."

Tatum gets a chance to compare and compete with the Nation's best this week, and it's a challenge he is looking forward to.

"I've been looking forward to meeting all the players and playing with the best players in the United States."

Tatum is one of the best players in the United States, and as he keeps getting bigger, his ceiling keeps getting higher.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is played in San Antonio, Texas., at the Alamodome on Jan. 15, 2005, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m., Eastern. Scout.com is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen.


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