Tatum talks leaders; Florida and Miami

The Nike Football Opening Regional Qualifier in Orlando was a successful event that showed off tons of big time talent and prospects that were trying to make their way into the big event held in Oregon over the summer. One of the better prospects in attendance was Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland offensive tackle Marcus Tatum who talked about the event and his recruitment.

It was an exceptional group of offensive linemen at the event on Sunday and during most of the day when they were working on drills, Marcus Tatum had maybe the top offensive lineman for the 2017 class matched up with him and the two went at it pretty hard.

“It went good,” Tatum said of the time spent learning and working out. “I had some good reps and a tough practice. Throughout the drills I had Calvin Ashley on me and going with him was really fun.”

Tatum is really starting to see hiss recruitment take off. With six offers from Power-5 conference schools already in the bag he has two that really stand out the most and a third coming strong.

“It is going really good, it is getting really tight and it will be a hard decision,” Tatum said. “My top schools are Florida and Miami. The leader was Miami, and now it is Florida.”

With the Hurricanes he has a great relationship with offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

“I like Coach Kehoe,” Tatum said. “He is one of the best offensive line coaches in the in country. He’s put like 17 people in the league. His coaching style matches my high school coach’s style perfectly.”

The Gators have made a huge push for the 6-foot-6, 260 pound offensive tackle and that is why thy are at least temporarily out front.

“Coach Summers and Coach McElwain are real cool people,” he said of Florida’s offensive line coach and head coach. “I like the way he teaches the game and zone blocking. It is the same as we do.”

“They say they like my aggressiveness downfield and my grades.”

One out-of-state team is making a push right now as well.

Auburn is coming on hard,” Tatum said. “I always liked Auburn football and Greg Robinson from there was a real nasty offensive lineman.”

As far as the things he is looking for in a program, the education is going to be a very big deal for Tatum.

“One of the big things is going to be if my major fits up with the football schedule,” he said. “I want to major in Kinesiology or physical therapy.”

It is a long process and this one particular prospect doesn’t seem to be too far along in terms of making a final decision. WE will be sure to follow the recruitment of Marcus Tatum throughout the process.


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