“It was my first one and I didn’t have any expectations,” Tatum said. “To be honest, I thought all in-home visits were just in the movies (with a laugh). “
Dixon recruits the Daytona area for Florida and was able to really lay out everything for Tatum and his mom about what goes on at Florida. He liked hearing about how the Gators practice, while mom liked to hear that Florida isn’t feeding any baloney about what kind of playing time he is going to get right off the bat.
“We discussed everything really,” Tatum said of the visit. “Most of the questions were from my mom because I asked most everything in earlier conversations. It was just good talking to Coach Dixon outside of the office and just as a person, further learning in-depth about Florida.
“What stood out to me was the way he talked about their practices and how everyone is constantly getting reps.
“My mom enjoyed herself. She doesn’t care much about the football aspect of it. She also liked to hear that there would be no promised playing time, but there would be an opportunity, because at Florida the best man will be on the field.”
The Gators remain in a battle with SEC East rival Tennessee for Tatum’s services. I asked what is the first thing that pops into his head about each school?
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“The first thing that pops into my head about Florida is ‘wow, I can actually attend that school for free’,” he said. “That still amazes me, but I honestly think if them as a talented, up and coming team.
For Tennessee it was a different kind of answer.
“I think about their O-line and I developed a good relationship with them on my official visit,” he said.
Tatum is scheduled to officially visit Florida in mid-January, the weekend of the 14th. He has already visited Tennessee officially during the season. There is no doubt this one has become a tight race and Scout will be there to cover it throughout the process.