"We think my mom has cancer. She is getting tested on May 16th. She is having a colonoscopy that day, and we should know the results that day. All I can do is sit here and pray," added Josh Tatum. "Mom has been in so much pain. This has been really tough on all of us, but it is something we are just going to have to get through. We are just keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the news comes back good, but we are expecting for the worst."
His mother's status could alter his
arrival plans at Ole Miss.
"If she comes back clean, then I will report
to Ole Miss on May 27th, pending I have all of my school work completed. If not,
then I am going to stay with her for another month and report to Ole Miss in late
June. I will need an extra month to be with her and help her out."
offseason has had several other setbacks.
"I actually had surgery
four or five weeks ago. I had some torn cartilage and they got it fixed. I am
just going to school, working out, and trying to get ready to get to Ole Miss."
Tatum reports to Ole Miss, he has to finish up some school work.
is going great. I am graduating on May 22nd. I am real excited about that. I am
just trying to finish strong this last semester, and I will be good to go. The
seniors last day was this past Friday, but I am doing some extra credit in Spanish
and Chemistry so I will not be done until late next week. I scored a 17 on the
ACT test, which means I need a 2.5 GPA. Right now, I am right at a 2.5 GPA, but
I want to pull up my GPA as high as I can to make sure I clear the clearinghouse.
When I get done with Spanish and Chemistry, I should be well over a 2.5."
now, Tatum's goals are pretty obvious.
"First of all, I just want
my mother to be OK. Everything else is secondary. To say I am pretty stressed
out right now is an understatement. It has been really painful to see my mom go
through this. I just want to take what ever is wrong with her and put it in me
so she will be OK but I can't. I am pretty emotional right now, but I am going
to get through this. Next, I want to finish strong in school, so I can get to
Ole Miss as soon as possible. And lastly, I just want to represent Ole Miss, my
team, and the state of Mississippi as well as I can. Those are my goals right
Don't worry Josh, you have already represented yourself and
your school in the highest manner one can. God bless and there will be thousands
of prayers sent to you and your family.
Mother on mind for OL Josh Tatum
Scout Football Top Stories
2019 ATH Kelly gets first offer, more comingChesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith sophomore athlete Cam'Ron Kelly is one of the of the top 2019 prospects in the state and spoke with Scout about his recruitment.
Scout Football7:08 AM
ACC, Big Ten, SEC interested in OG McIntyreJacksonville (N.C.) Northeastern offensive guard Maurice McIntyre missed all of last season due to injury, but he is 100 percent healthy and poised for a big spring.
Scout Football6:53 AM
Names to Watch Closely at UT Junior Day & WhyTexas will be hosting an abundance of the area's top rated prospects on its campus this weekend and Scout takes a closer look at prospects to watch. Who are the big fish and who…
Scout FootballYesterday at 7:07 PM
Scout 300 OT Earns Opening SpotDAVENPORT, Fla.-- Reuben Unije earned his spot on the Opening roster after his performance in Orlando. The Scout 300 offensive tackle discusses his recruitment and which schools…
Scout FootballYesterday at 5:35 PM
Four-Star '19 TE Up to Eight OffersConcord (Calif.) De La Salle '19 tight end Isaiah Foskey has a chance to end up the top tight end in the West region as a senior and has a ton of upside.
Scout FootballYesterday at 9:07 AM