UM Lands First Commitment

Jupiter offensive lineman Emmitt Tatum became UM's first commitment of the summer when he chose the Hurricanes atter being offered a scholarship at Miami's camp that ended earlier today.

"They said they liked me at the camp and wanted to offer me a scholarship," he said.

Tatum is pretty far off academically. "I have a 2.39 core right now, and I'm trying to bring that up."

"I took the SAT earlier in the spring and scored a 620, so I'm trying to get that up.

"I passed the Communications section of it (HSCT), but I missed the Math part by something like six points. I took it again and still missed it by six points."

Tatum is more naturally talented than I thought. He's bring recruited as an offensive tackle. When I revised my Super 50 after the camp (and before his commitment), I had Tatum listed as the No. 8 OL prospect. UM likes him more than Anthony Wollschlager, we know that much.

I watched Tatum in the spring and reported on him. I felt he was a low to mid Div 1 kid, then I found out about his academic situation. He's not in the same league as Gilles and Pou, but he's a kid that proved he had the ability to convince UM into verbally offering a scholarship.

But I ended the conversation scratching my head about what happens if he doesn't get his grades by signing day, which is something he talked about when I asked him what UM had told him about his grades. He made it sound like the offer will be there on signing day if his grades are OK. But I couldn't get a feeling on what would happen if he's not qualified or real close by then.

This one definitely surprised me, but naturally, he's a very talented right tackle prospect that goes both ways for Jupiter. Now lets just wait and see how his grades play out over his senior year.

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