Tatum looking for top spot

Five-star Jayson Tatum is one of the most highly sought after recruits in the country regardless of class.

In the class of 2016 there are several players making a strong run at the top spot in the rankings. One of them is St. Louis (Mo) Chaminade wing Jayson Tatum. The nearly 6-foot-8 forward has an incredible skill level for a prospect his age and he keeps getting better.

While he checks in at No. 2 in the rankings right now, Tatum is firmly in the mix for top honors, and says it would mean something special to get there.

"It would be an honor because there are so many great players in my class," said Tatum. "I know that if I got that honor there would be a big target on my back and I would have to work very hard to keep it."

Recruiting as wise as would be expected the list of suitors is long for Tatum. He has offers from North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio State, Memphis, Michigan State, Duke, Indiana and others.

This year Tatum had a chance to make several visits to some of the schools recruiting him.

"Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, and Missouri are some schools I have visited," said Tatum.

The visit to Kentucky came early on for their Big Blue Madness, and he came away impressed with what he saw.

"I went to their Big Blue Madness and there were a bunch of recruits there," said Tatum. "I had a lot of fun, I talked to the coaches, met the fans, and it was just a lot of fun."

One school that has made him a clear priority for a long time is Kansas, and he has seen the Jayhawks several times since entering high school.

"Kansas has been there since the eighth grade," said Tatum. "It still means a lot to me to see them at my games now and we have built a good relationship."

Another school that has been involved with Tatum for a while is Illinois. The Illini assistant coach Jamall Walker has virtually known Tatum since birth.

"We have a great relationship," said Tatum. "Coach Walker went to college with my dad and I have really started to communicate with them a lot more and I like the program."

For now Tatum is taking things slow and plans to make official visits before coming to a decision on where he will attend college.


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