LB Joshua Tatum will Visit Michigan

Five-star linebacker Joshua Tatum of McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif. recently cut his list of schools to eight, and the University of Michigan made the final cut. Now he's in the process of filling up his official visit calendar. On Monday he told which schools would get his attention.

With over 30 offers from football powerhouse programs across the country, linebacker Joshua Tatum of McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif. has been trimming his list of finalists, with Michigan being in the mix, along with USC, California, Miami, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Oregon. He is now filling up his official list calendar. "I've set up visits to Miami on Dec. 9, Michigan on Oct. 14, and Oregon on Nov. 18," he said. "I'm going to visit Tennessee and USC though I haven't set up dates for those trips yet. I like all the schools in my list and nobody really leads. I need to see them before I can really decide."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Tatum lives about 20 minutes south of one of his favorites, and said he doesn't need to use one of his officials as he can almost walk to the campus. "Cal is recruiting me very hard," he said. "I am very impressed with what they are doing with their program and I am very interested in them. But I don't need to waste a visit on them because they are so close. I've been to their campus many times and talk to the coaches there a lot."

Tatum said he is finished with unofficial visits for the summer, and is concentrating on his upcoming season. "We start boot camp on Aug. 1," he said. "Then I think our first game in on the 19th. I can't wait to get it going and am looking forward to the season."

When GBW last spoke with the talented star he had just returned from the doctor regarding a dinged up shoulder he suffered last season. Things appear to be healing nicely. "I've been going to a camp that started on Sunday and goes until (Tuesday)," he said. "It's a full-contact camp and my shoulder is feeling great. I'm bench-pressing over 350 pounds and there is no pain. I'm ready to go."

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