"I wanted to go to a place where I could establish a certain lifestyle after I'm finished with college. Also, with Tulane being two hours away, it gave me the feeling of being able to live college life and - at the same time - it won't be hard to travel home to Lafayette and that's a big plus. My parents will be able to watch me play and I liked the proximity."
Tatford was holding scholarship offers from several schools. Which other programs was he seriously considering?
"It came down to UL, Memphis, and Tulane," he said. "UL wanted me as an offensive tackle, while Memphis and Tulane both wanted me as a tight end. I had been working hard over the past couple of years to do the type of things that would enable me to play tight end in college.
"I've been trying to mold myself into the type of versatile tight end that you see today (on the college level). I know that I'm going to gain weight in college, but I felt that trying to gain 60 or 70 pounds to play offensive tackle would be hard."
With Tatford catching passes, sealing off the edge, and kicking out OLBs and DEs, St. Thomas More went 13-1 in 2010. What were Tatford's thoughts on his senior year?
"It was great to me, a good way to go out," he said. "It was tough losing in the semifinals (to eventual state champ Acadiana), but that was the one downside. We set countless records. We were the first team at STM to go 10-0 in the regular season, and the second team to be undefeated district champs. We were a hard-working group of very unselfish players."
"It's good to have those other guys like Sam and Devin to make the transition easier," Tatford said. "They didn't push me that much, though. Sam respected my decision and I respected his decision, back when he committed a few months ago."