Florida had six scholarship offensive linemen available to play on Saturday in The Swamp when the Gators scrimmaged in the annual Orange and Blue Debut. Even with an influx of six more linemen in the 2015 class, Florida expects to be low in numbers in the offensive trenches this year.
That is why the guys on campus are trying to get some of the better offensive line prospects to come join and help them out. The opportunity is there and even the fans made sure that Marcus Tatum, a highly sought after tackle, was wanted in Gainesville.
“You can see and talk to the 2015 guys and they were saying the same thing too,” Tatum said Saturday about knowing how much the Gators need linemen. “I talked to Martez Ivey and Tyler Jordan, they told me about the depth issues and there is no reason not to come. It’s a great place with a great education and coaching staff.
“I like the atmosphere. Random people were coming up to me and giving me high fives.”
At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds Tatum is near the end of his junior year and will certainly put on weight as a senior. He’s working hard for his senior season in the weight room concentrating on the bench press, power cleans, and squats.
Tatum says that he knows he has to improve in some areas, but even though h is pretty quick working his feet is a big priority in his prep work.
“I want to improve my foot work,” he said. “That is the main thing for everything. If you don’t have good footwork you can’t be a good football player. I will work on my footwork and improve everything else.”
Tatum will visit Auburn this weekend for their spring game. Then he will come back home and prepare for spring football with his team which looks to make a run at a state title with the level of athletes they have this year.
Scout will be in to see Tatum this spring to see his progression. Stay tuned as we follow his recruitment.