With offers from schools Auburn, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and others, the 6-7, 258 Tatum was on the Plains last weekend and left impressed by the Tigers.
“It was really nice,” Tatum said of the trip. “I got to see the up-tempo offense in person. I like the tempo they do in practice, it’s really nice. All the signs and things they use, it’s just like my high school so that’s nice.”
One of the most important things for Tatum while on the visit was having the opportunity to watch Auburn offensive line Coach J.B. Grimes in action on the practice field and also sit down and talk football with him. It was an experience that the tackle said was big for him because it gave him a chance to get to know the guy who would be his coach if he chose the Tigers.
“He’s just like a genuine, normal honest person,” Tatum said. “He’s been coaching for like 39 years, he said. He’s still like the most humble person in the world. It’s nice to see that.
“He really likes my size and athleticism ratio and how I can get downfield and things that like,” he added. “He told me how they always recruit athletic tackles and not the fat boys and stuff like that.”
A player that Grimes talked about and showed Tatum was former Auburn standout and first round NFL selection Greg Robinson. Knowing that Robinson developed in the system and is now starring with the St. Louis Rams is huge said Tatum.
“I know he’s a monster,” he said of Robinson. “He destroyed people all the time. The way he could do it, I can see myself trying to do that too.”
With Florida and Miami his leaders heading into the visit, Tatum said following the trip that the Tigers made a big move with him after seeing the campus, facilities and a practice in person.
“I like them a lot,” Tatum said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s up there.”
Planning to return to Auburn for the A-Day game on April 18, Tatum said he doesn’t plan on making a decision until close to signing day.