Michigan Offers a West Coast LB

A pair of top performances at recent Northern California combines has garnered this linebacker a pair of new offers, including Michigan. Will the Wolverines be able to pull this top talent away from the local powers?

Scout.com briefly spoke to LB Joshua Tatum (6-2, 220, 4.5), from McClymonds High School in Oakland, and asked him about his performance at Saturday's Nike combine in Palo Alto and a few other items.

Josh said he had an ankle sprain and was in a lot of pain, but still was one of the standout performers at the Stanford Nike Combine on Saturday. He said he was very pleased with his overall effort. Everyone at the combine was impressed with Tatum.

He ran a 4.7 forty despite the injury. He said he's still very sore and his ankle is swollen a bit. There were other prospects who didn't participate due to injury. There's no doubting Josh's toughness.

Pete Carroll visited Josh's school on Friday. He said Pete watched tape with his coaches, looked over his transcripts and said Josh is all set to qualify. He recently scored a 1350 on the new SAT.

We asked Josh if he looks at depth charts and his thoughts about the linebacker depth at the schools he's looking at.

"I take a look at all teams depth charts, but I've never backed down from a challenge and their depth at linebacker won't matter to me. I'm going to take a look at all of the schools I'm most interested in and find the best fit."

Josh said USC, Miami and Tennessee are three schools he is certain he'll officially visit. Ole Miss and Cal round out his top-5, but that could change after scholarship offers from two of the top programs in the country.

"I want to add Michigan and Oklahoma to my list of favorites," Tatum said. "They both just offered me scholarships."

(GBW Ed. Note: GoBlueWolverine did not spend a lot of time at the Stanford Nike watching Tatum since we were looking mainly at Mays, Ausberry, Forcier, Murray. However, we knew Tatum was giving a stock-rising performance, since he was attracting LOTS of college-coach attention {including from U-M}, the most of any LB there. We're not surprised he garnered a U-M offer.)

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