Gator staff makes impression on Tatum and mom

Familiarity can be a big deal to a football prospect. So when a high profile prospect visits a school and understands what is going on already with a particular scheme, it can make a difference in his recruitment. When mom approves of the program it can be a double whammy. That seems to be the way things look between Florida and Marcus Tatum.

Daytona Beach Mainland is a school for big time prospects and the 2016 class will be well represented. One of the prime prospects for the Florida Gators is offensive tackle Marcus Tatum and the big man paid a visit to Gainesville on Wednesday.

When asked what he liked about the visit Tatum was all about practice and the style of offense. Offensive line coach Mike Summers is a player favorite and prospect favorite when they get a chance to see him coach.

“(I liked) the practice and the competition and the upbeat tempo,” he said. “The formations and stuff were similar to my high school and I like the way Coach Summers teaches the game and the way he explains things.”

Of course the well documented issue of numbers on the Florida offensive line is something that really caught the eye of Tatum as well. It was something they made sure he understood.

“That they need more o-lineman and that I would be a great fit,” Tatum said about what the staff impressed on him on the visit.

Tatum took along his mother as well. The Florida staff did a nice job of really making sure that she was important to them as well.

“I love how humble the coaches are, and how they act towards my mom they show her a lot of love,” he said. “That's big because she is easily the most important person in my life.

“She is the only person who could have an effect on my decision. She likes the way the coaches are too.”

Tatum says three schools stand out at the moment and he listed Auburn, Florida, and Miami. He may visit for the Florida spring game on April 11, but doesn’t have any other trips set up at the moment. He is no hurry to end the recruiting process.

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