Mainland High School is one of the premiere programs in the state of Florida and annually pumps out college bound talent. So is the case with Marcus Tatum, the state’s highest ranking offensive tackle prospect. For Tatum, this year is like most, they expect to play for it all.
“Great, I believe we are state bound,” Tatum said about preseason practice and how well it is going before talking about his own improvements. “I have improved my knee bend and strength.”
At Mainland, you have to be ready every day at practice because of the competition across from you. For Tatum, he says defensive end Jachai Polite, who has several of the top offers as Tatum, is that guy.
“He gets me ready for the next level every day,” Tatum said of Polite. “He’s the best defensive end in the state. His athleticism and strength are unmatched while also being a great, quiet, and humble kid.”
Tatum is in the middle of a busy recruitment cycle and while focusing a lot on hsis team, he does have a group of schools that are standing out in terms of staying on top of him. He talks about each.
Florida: “I am just developing relationships with them beyond football and they tell me they need me,” he said.
The Gators are also trying to work on mom as well with his recruitment.
“Every once in a while she talks to Coach Dixon, but she is always busy,” he said with a laugh.
Tennessee: “They tell me that I would help greatly in their tackle situation and that they really need me.”
Arkansas: “They say the same thing and it seems their offensive line numbers will be depleted.”
Miami: “They tell me I am their number one draft pick.”
The season is here and that is the most importance so he isn’t exactly sure what is schedule is for the process.
“I’m not sure when a decision will come. He said. “I know for sure I want to take some official visits and need to decide where. I know Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas are definitely getting one.”
In the end, he does know what a decision will be about.
“I want to see how comfortable I am there and the academics are very important,” he said.